Councils and NHS given guide to promoting mental well-being

Source: Community Care 25 March 2010

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The report takes forward New Horizons, the government’s 10-year strategy to improve the mental health and well-being of the population, and the quality of services. The report emphasises the importance of intervening early, given estimates that half of all mental health problems, excluding dementia, start by the age of 14, but also of promoting mental well-being over the course of people’s lives.  It highlights universal and targeted interventions in areas including education, leisure and workplace health, as well as psychological therapies, and includes advice for commissioners on implementing the agenda.  The report is designed to help reduce the economic costs of mental illness because aAbout 11% of the NHS annual budget is spent on mental health services with recent estimates putting the wider economic costs at around £110bn UK-wide.

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