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Minister heralds 'new era' in mental health

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Mental health needs to become ‘everyone’s business’ the government has said as it launched a consultation on mental health and well-being.

The Department of Health hopes that its New Horizons initiative will mark a ‘new era’ in mental health. It aims to offer urban allotments, reading groups and computer training for the over-50s, in order to and tackle the ‘root causes’ of poor mental health.

Care services minister Phil Hope said: ‘Better mental health and well-being is vital for a healthy society. People with mental health problems are more likely to do other things that damage their health, such as have a poor diet, smoke or take drugs. So promoting good mental health is a key part of tackling many other health inequalities.’

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