The UK's independent Mental Health Taskforce National Health Service (NHS) released their Five Year Forward View for Mental Health report in February 2016. The report outlined that employment was vital to health and should be recognised as a health outcome, confirming the importance of services like IPS.
Consumers expressed in the report that their main ambition was to have a decent place to live, a job or good quality relationships in their local communities. But the NHS believes this will only happen with a cross-government approach.
The report acknowledged stable employment and housing as factors contributing to good mental health and recovery. The report recommends that by 2020/21, each year up to 29,000 more people living with mental health problems should be supported to find or stay in work through increasing access to psychological therapies for common mental health problems and expanding access to IPS.
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WA Association for Mental Health