Mental health and learning disability milestones through the decades

Since the NHS was founded on 5 July 1948 there have been huge changes in the way we think about mental health and learning disability – and in how we support people. Take a look at some of the key milestones and developments over the last 70 years and how they have affected what we do in Devon.

In 1949

In

1949

The Mental Health Foundation and the Mental Health Research Fund are founded.

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In 1949

In

1949

Combat Exhaustion or Shell Shock – Many soldiers who had served in the first and second World Wars were suffering from what we now know to be PTSD. The symptoms were looked upon much less sympathetically, as they were not understood properly. 

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In 1948

In

1948

World Health Organisation publishes the 6th revision of International Classification of Diseases – including mental disorders for the first time ever. Now at its 11th revision.

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In 1948

In

1948

The National Health Service Act comes into operation. The World Health Organization (WHO) is created and in the same year the first post-war International Congress on Mental Health takes place in London.