On a day when the details of the infamous smear emails are all over the news - which included the intended smear that George Osborne's wife was going a bit mental - I found it particularly amsuing to see that the Department of Health issued a press release complete with quotes from Care Services Minister, Phil Hope, noting,
A new vision for mental health and wellbeingNo doubt cock-up rather than conspiracy, but it says alot about the competence of the DoH press officers in grasping a sense of timing.
The millions of people who suffer from or might face mental illness at some point in their lives will be the focus of a new strategy, Care Services Minister Phil Hope announced today.
"New Horizons" is a new strategy that will promote good mental health and well-being, whilst improving services for people who have mental health problems. It will build on the National Service Framework for mental health - widely acknowledged as the catalyst for a transformation in mental health care over the last ten years - which comes to an end in 2009.