Charities have said funding is needed to back up mental health promises

The Prime Minister has said she is determined to break “the stigma” attached to mental illness, having admitted that sufferers haven’t always received the understanding they deserve.

Earlier this month Theresa May acknowledged that many living with conditions such as depression and anxiety encountered discrimination and that this could not be allowed to continue.

In the Conservative manifesto, published last week, the party said: “We will make the UK the leading research and technology economy in the world for mental health, bringing together public, private and charitable investment.”

However, Mrs May faced criticism for failing to commit to putting extra money into mental health services, even as concerns grow that the system is buckling beneath the strain of cuts in local funding and increased demand.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said the Government could not afford to paint over the cracks appearing in the system.

“At SANE, we hear daily of heart-breaking struggles from individuals and families who are being failed,” she said.

“For this promised revolution to succeed, there needs to be a guarantee that resources are placed in frontline services.”

The trade union Unison has also said that extra funding would be key if the service is to be improved.

Sara Gorton, the union’s deputy head of health, said: “For too long mental health has been denied equal priority with physical health. A person with depression deserves the same treatment as a patient with a broken leg

“But this is never going to happen unless there’s proper funding. Money for mental health should go to the services needing it most. The real ‘injustice’ is the Conservatives are making broad promises with no real commitment.”