People’s rights are at the forefront of treatment, but funding remains an issue

A sure sign that mental health had emerged from the shadows came when Prince Harry talked about his near-breakdown years after his mother’s death. Literally shut away from sight a few decades ago, mental illness has moved to the centre of public debate.

NHS services have also come a long way since their inheritance of lunatic asylums and a dubious arsenal of treatments such as insulin shock therapy, which was used to induce comas. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, produced by an independent task force for NHS England two years ago, spoke of a “transformation” in which the emphasis had already shifted to human rights.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".