Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality

Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality This report, published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, sets out a definition and vision for how to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health in practice.

The report asserts that in our society mental health does not receive the same attention as physical health. People with mental health problems frequently experience stigma and discrimination, not only in the wider community but also from services. This is exemplified in part by lower treatment rates for mental health conditions and an underfunding of mental healthcare relative to the scale and impact of mental health problems.

In this report, an expert working group defines ‘parity of esteem’ in detail, and examines why parity between mental and physical health does not currently exist and how it might be achieved in practice.