Better Mental Health for All
Welcome to Better mental health for all: a resource for public health professionals, FPH’s resource to support the promotion of mental wellbeing and the primary prevention of mental illness.
Looking for ideas and examples of best practice in action? Watch three short films of public mental health in action, available on FPH's YouTube channel. The videos were made with three of the shortlisted entries for FPH's Public Mental Health Award 2016 and tell the story of work happening in Torbay, Somerset and Lanarkshire to improve public mental health.
Why we have developed this resource
Mental wellbeing is a fundamental component of good health. Mental illness is hugely costly to the individual and to society, and lack of mental wellbeing underpins many physical diseases, unhealthy lifestyles and social inequalities in health.
The latest public health and mental health strategies say that mental health and physical health should be treated with ‘parity of esteem’. To achieve this parity we need to enhance knowledge and skills relating to the mental health components of public health practice.
This resource is compiled by FPH’s mental health committee, designed for FPH members and is available to all. Our aim is to promote high quality, evidence based practice in public mental health by enhancing knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as providing practical resources to assist you in your work (see menu options to the left).
Better Mental Health for All presents a précis of the evidence most relevant to public health practice and signposts useful information for those who want to find out more.
Accessing advice and support for people directing affected by mental health issues
If you are experiencing mental distress, or find that the subjects covered by this resource triggering, you can find information about how to access support, care and treatment for either yourself or someone you care for via the following websites:
- Samaritans, who are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the following freephone number: 116 123, or via email: or by visiting the Samaritans website
- Rethink mental illness, who provide accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.
Future areas that will be covered include the social determinants of mental health and mental health inequalities. Contact us via to let us know if this resource is meeting your needs or if you have any suggestions for further topics to be included. Or join in the discussion and information sharing at FPH’s virtual Network Group for mental health.
- “Achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health is everybody’s business and responsibility. That’s why the Royal College of Psychiatrists is working with FPH and standing up for mental health. This FPH resource is an important tool for the promotion of mental wellbeing and the primary prevention of mental illness.”
- Professor Sue Bailey, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists