A number of stars have signed an open letter calling for the UK Government to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health services.

Among those who have signed the letter are Bob Geldof, Ruby Wax, Matt Lucas, Joanna Lumley, Sir Ian McKellen, Danny Boyle, Mumford & Sons, Bill Nighy, Graham Norton, Richard Curtis, Alan Rickman, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Richard E. Grant, Miranda Hart, Lenny Henry, Annie Lennox and many more.

“As ministers make final decisions on the Spending Review, we urge them to treat mental health equally with physical health,” reads the letter. "We ask for the same right to timely access to evidence based treatment as those with physical health problems.

“We accept, and urge ministers to accept, that this will require additional investment in mental health services. But we are strongly persuaded that sustained investment in mental health services will lead to significant returns for the Exchequer, both by reducing the burden on the NHS through the improved wellbeing of our citizens, and by helping people to stay in, or get back into work.”

To read the full letter, and sign the petition, click here.

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