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Clegg: Mental health issues should be 'out of the shadows'

Standards of care for the mentally ill need to rise, said the deputy prime minister, who is starting a campaign to "bring mental health out of the shadows". Nick Clegg dubbed attitudes towards mental health "outdated".

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Clegg in drive to improve mental health care

Nick Clegg is pledging to raise the standard of mental health care as he tries to "bring mental health out of the shadows".

Attitudes need to change if the mentally unwell are to receive better care, Nick Clegg will say. Credit: PA

The deputy prime minister dubbed current attitudes towards the insane "outdated" and "stuck in the dark ages".

In a speech launching the Government's new Mental Health Action Plan, which sets out 25 areas where immediate action is called for to improve care, Mr Clegg will say: "All too often, attitudes to mental health are outdated; stuck in the dark ages; full of stigma and stereotypes.

"It's time for us to bring mental health out of the shadows and to give people with mental health conditions the support they need and deserve."

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