This report from the Mental Health Foundation reminds councils about the importance of prioritising mental health in their public health strategies. It assembles the evidence and people’s experiences about resilient communities (and individuals), with practical suggestions on how teams might design wellbeing and resilience services aimed at preventing mental health problems.
This report includes summary data from the King’s Fund “Paying the Price” report on the cost of seven mental health problems and dementia (in 2008 and with projected future costs for 2026).
“The report comes at a critical moment for public mental health, as the economic climate results in more people needing help to look after their mental health whilst funding for public services is being restricted… The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second biggest cause of illness by 2020, and Mind’s Infoline received 50% more calls in 2012/13 than the previous year. People are getting in touch with the charity with more acute and complex mental health problems, many stemming from severe financial worries”.
Building resilient communities. London: Mental Health Foundation, August 2013.
There is also a summary version:
The MHF’s Briefing for public health teams.
Building resilient communities. Making every contact count for public mental health: a briefing for public health teams. London: Mental Health Foundation, August 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].