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 1999

In

1999

National service framework for mental health is published, setting out quality standards for mental health services. Key aims – to combat discrimination against individuals and groups with mental health problems - make it easier for anyone who may have a mental health problem to access services - create a range of mental health services to prevent or anticipate crises where possible

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In 1993

In

1993

Atypical anti-psychotics. Risperidone is launched in the United Kingdom - Clozapine (which has a long history) was released in 1990 - Sertindole and Olanzapine were launched in 1996. The claim for the atypicals is that they have less debilitating side-effects than Chlorpromazine.

In 1992

In

1992

First World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10, sponsored by World Federation for Mental Health.

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In 1990

In

1990

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence becomes a legal entity, aiming to create consistent guidelines and end rationing of treatment by postcode across the UK.

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In

1990

Glenn talks about his career in psychiatry, his move to Devon Partnership NHS Trust, the role of the recovery movement, up to the present day of the Devon Recovery Learning Community.

In 1990

In

1990

Prozac is one of the most successful treatments for depression. It achieves what few prescription drugs ever do. It becomes ‘trendy’. It changed the way we approach and treat depression today.

 

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