Mental health – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

Policy reforms and increased investment in mental health services have improved access to support and treatment. However, levels of unmet need remain high, particularly for young people. Some groups who share protected characteristics are at increased risk of experiencing mental health problems, self-harm or suicide, and have worse access to and outcomes from mental health services. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is increasing mental health needs, but reducing the capacity of community services to deliver support.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on mental health.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021