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Andy Bell

Deputy chief executive at Centre for Mental Health

Andy Bell is deputy chief executive at the charity Centre for Mental Health. The Centre drives change in policy and practice to bring equality for mental health closer.

Mental Health At Work: What No Employer Can Afford To Ignore

We now need to move beyond raising awareness of mental health at work to taking action. We need to ensure that working people who experience mental health difficulties are encouraged to seek help quickly and that they get effective support from the NHS when they need it.
08/09/2017 16:25 BST

With Men Less Likely To Seek Help With Their Mental Health, Access Must Be Made Easier

<img alt="bmm banner.jpg" src="" width="300" height="35" /> It is a stark and tragic fact that the biggest cause of death among young men in the UK is now suicide. And in the majority of cases, people who lose their life through suicide have not been in contact with mental health services prior to their death.
22/11/2016 17:04 GMT

Mental Health And Wellbeing In England

The state of the nation's mental health in England is measured every seven years by the Government through a national survey of 'psychiatric morbidity'. The latest survey for adults, conducted in 2014, was published recently and provides an important indication of the mental health and wellbeing of the population and of trends over time.
03/10/2016 12:16 BST

We Need an Urgent Redesign of Mental Health Services for Our Young People

Research suggests that there is an average delay of ten years between the time that young people first experience the symptoms of a mental health problem and when they receive help. Only a quarter of school-age children with a diagnosable mental health problem get any help at all, even though the majority of parents seek professional advice. And when children and families do ask for help, they are frequently confused by a maze of largely fragmented services and often face lengthy delays in getting the help they need.
07/06/2016 08:14 BST

Mental Health: Not Just 'One in Four'

We know that mental health problems will affect nearly half of us (at least) directly in our lifetimes, and 40% of us by the age of 25, we need to accept that mental health needs to be in the spotlight not just for a couple of weeks or even months but at all times.
04/03/2016 13:05 GMT

Mental Health, Employment and the Use of Sanctions: What the Evidence Tells Us

The number of people with mental health problems being given benefit sanctions is rising rapidly, according to figures reported in The Independent this week. In the same week, a call on the Government to review the impact of sanctions on people with mental health problems was refused, despite growing anecdotal evidence of the risks they can pose.
13/11/2015 11:46 GMT

Treating Mental Health Earlier Is the Key to Better Value for Money Spent by the NHS

The first 100 days of the new government have seen a number of significant reports and announcements about mental health services and the lives of people with mental health conditions. They include some very promising signs of continued commitment to improving mental health but also some major strains on the system that needs to be addressed.
24/08/2015 14:29 BST

Building Parity for Mental Health in the new Parliament

There is thus a lot to do if we are to put mental health on a par with physical health. It will take some fundamental changes to the way resources are allocated and used in the NHS and public services more broadly. But by using and building on the evidence of what is needed and what works, we can use scarce resources more effectively to enhance the nation's mental health and to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.
15/06/2015 15:59 BST