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FPH welcomes RCPsych’s mental health statement

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has published a new position statement, No health without public mental health: the case for action.  In the statement, RCPsych calls on the Coalition government to make important policy changes, including:

  • Prioritising mental health within smoking cessation programmes.
  • Targeting public mental health interventions for people at higher risk, for example children in care and those who are unemployed or homeless.
  • Promoting the importance of mental health and well-being in older age.

Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Chair of FPH Mental Health Committee, welcomed the strategy, commenting: “Mental health is central to public health. Mental illness is rapidly becoming the single most important cause of disability in our society and is currently the most common cause of lost productivity at work.

"Positive mental health or well-being underpins the capacity to live a healthy life and to manage chronic illnesses. It is the antidote to a wide range of stress-related illnesses, which plague such a high proportion of the population. And last but by no means least, positive mental health gives us the resilience to cope with life’s ups and downs without succumbing to mental illness.”

The full RCPsych position statement.

Written: 27/10/2010 , last modified: 02/02/2011