[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012].
Mental ill-health is estimated to cost British businesses over £1000 per employee every year; almost £30 billion per year across the UK economy. This is mostly in lost production through staff being off work or underperforming at work.
In February 2011 the Department of Health published the report “No health without mental health: a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages”. This strategy set out six objectives:
- More people should have good mental health.
- More people with mental health problems should recover.
- More people with mental health problems should have good physical health.
- More people should have a positive experience of care and support.
- Fewer people should suffer avoidable harm.
- Fewer people should experience stigma and discrimination.
The Implementation Framework
This Implementation Framework, published in July 2012, outlines how the mental health strategy is to be implemented. It offers guidance and sources of information to help local organisations to improve mental health and wellbeing. It also summarises the work underway nationally and how progress is to be measured. This framework has been developed jointly by the Department of Health, the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Turning Point and Centre for Mental Health, with assistance from the Ministerial Advisory Group on the Mental Health Strategy.
A new Mental Health Dashboard is intended to provide a picture of overall progress towards implementing the mental health strategy.
Department of Health (2012). No health without mental health: implementation framework. London: Department of Health; Centre for Mental Health; Mind, July 2012. 52p.