Better Mental Health For All
By OnePlusOne, 26 July 2016
This report from the Faculty of Public Health and Mental Health Foundation focuses on what can be done individually and collectively to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and communities by using a public health approach.
Public mental health is fundamental to public health in general because mental health is a determinant and consequence of physical health as well as a resource for living. A public mental health approach is concerned with promoting mental wellbeing, preventing future mental health problems and with recovery from mental health problems. The Faculty of Public Health has published this resource to encourage a proportionate universal approach with a focus on the promotion of mental wellbeing and on high level support for those at risk of poor mental health and mental health problems.
The report acknowledges how supportive policy is emerging across the UK, but the full potential for public mental health is yet to be addressed. Provision on the ground of interventions and services that support public mental health has been badly affected by austerity measures. The economic and social costs of mental health problems are very high. The report also outlines a list of key actions that all professionals working in public health and beyond can take to promote mental wellbeing and prevent mental health problems.