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Lib Dems pledge £2bn extra funding for mental health

The Liberal Democrats have pledged more than £2 billion of extra funding for mental health over the next parliament on top of what has already been announced in the coalition budget.

The plans are outlined in the party's Manifesto for the Mind.

The Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, said that equality for mental health was the “liberal mission” and that the party had secured more than £1 billion in the coalition budget for mental health services for children and young people. “But we cannot and must not rest there,” he said.

The funding commitment would include £250m over the next parliament for pregnant women and mothers dealing with depression, including the creation of eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care and 40 new community services to help women adjust to life with their new baby.