BMA report

Beyond parity of esteem report

Achieving parity of resource, access and outcome for mental health in England

Location: England
Audience: Public health doctors
Updated: Monday 7 September 2020
Topics: Population health
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What you will get from this report

  • Findings about the state of mental health in England.
  • Recommendations for improvements to resourcing, patient ability to access care, and overall patient outcomes.


Key findings

  • Under a third of children with mental health problems in England are able to access the care they need.
  • Those with a severe mental illness in England on average die 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in the UK aged 20-34 years, and for men in the UK aged under 50.


How to use this guide

This report should be read alongside Measuring progress: Commitments to support and expand the mental health workforce in England, the companion report.


  • A summary of recommendations
  • Funding
  • Access
  • Workforce
  • Prevention