Good Mental Health holds the key to long term wellbeing

Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 11:40
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has brought together experts from across the whole field of Mental Health in a thought provoking seminar on the role of Mental Health in the New Public Health System

The passing of the Health and Social Care Act, the drive towards localism, and the Government’s approach to improving the population’s health through promotion of preventative measures, have begun to place mental health in the spotlight.

The purpose of the seminar was to examine the impact of mental health on public health and wellbeing and its place within public health policy. The evidence shows that mental health and overall wellbeing can no longer be treated as separate challenges; they are closely interlinked and poor mental health affects a wide range of social and broader health issues.

The panel of speakers brought together statistics to show how poor Mental Health affects communities, and encouraging examples of effective methods and guidance tools, being used to assess the impact of change on the mental wellbeing of all stakeholders.

Professor Richard Parish, Chief Executive of RSPH commented, “Mental health must be a top priority for Health and Wellbeing Boards. Poor mental health has a huge impact on local communities and is a heavy cost to the NHS and local authorities. The RSPH is delighted to have run a seminar designed to improve the effectiveness of local mental health strategies. We believe that positive changes can be achieved by sharing good practice and better collaboration between local councils, Third Sector organisations, and the NHS".

The speakers at the seminar included Professor Lord Patel of Bradford, Gregor Henderson, advisor to the Department of Health England on Mental Health and Wellbeing, Dr Jonathan Campion, Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Tony Coggins, Head of Mental Health Promotion at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Graham Rushbrook FRSPH and Professor Richard Parish, Chief Executive of RSPH.

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