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 will be outlined in the party’s Manifesto for the Mind, which they will launch on Tuesday.
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 £250 million 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.