Caretaking in the community?

The mental health debate

Are we failing those suffering from mental ill health in the UK? It is estimated that around three-quarters of people with mental health problems in the UK receive no care at all. While the government has committed to a £1 billion spend by 2020, is this enough, or does something more fundamental need to change in our attitude, and soon?

On the panel will be Luciana Berger MP, the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Paul Farmer CEO of Mind and Chair of the NHS’s Five Year Forward View Taskforce for Mental Health, Alice Evans, a contemporary artist and service-user of 18 years and Peter Beresford, a long-term user of mental health services and current Professor of Citizen Participation at the University of Essex.

The debate will be chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

A series of talks, conversations and debates, given by leading voices in the arts, media, science and politics, which explore the themes raised by the productions on our main stage in creative ways. Old Vic Voices Off provide a platform for experts to voice their opinions, and reflect the colourful and wide-ranging approach of Matthew Warchus’ first season.


Tuesday 3 May 2016, 5.45-6.45pm
The Old Vic Auditorium

Tickets: £6