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Nick Clegg attacks mental health care

20th January 2014

Speaking ahead of a major conference at which the government will unveil its mental health strategy, Nick Clegg has criticised the treatment of mental health patients by the NHS.

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A poll from the charity, Time To Change, highlights some of the problems faced by patients. The survey of 5,000 people with mental health problems show that more more than 50% found the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health was as bad or worse than the illness itself. Just over 25% waited a year before telling their family about their problem.

Mr Clegg said: 'There is too much ignorance, too much prejudice, too much discrimination.' and that we must 'take this out of the shadows'.

One of the most expected policies will be to address the challenges of transition between young people's and adult mental health services.

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