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Better Mental Health for All

Mental wellbeing: a head in jigsaw pieces


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.

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.

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

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