HPFT welcomes mental health report by national think-tank

A report by a national think-tank looking at the state of wellbeing in England has called on the Government to make the pursuit of mental wellbeing a priority. 

The report by the CentreForum Mental Health Commission, called The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health, identified five key priorities between now and 2020, calling for policymakers to:

  • Establish the mental wellbeing of the nation or the 'pursuit of happiness' as a clear and measurable goal of government.
  • Roll out a National Wellbeing Programme to promote mutual support, self-care and recovery, and reduce the stigma that too often goes hand in hand with mental ill health.
  • Prioritise investment in the mental health of children and young people right from conception.
  • Make places of work mental health friendly with government leading the way as an employer.
  • Better equip primary care to identify and treat mental health problems.

We are delighted to see that, as a nation, we are beginning to recognise that good mental health goes hand-in-hand with physical health - neither one should have priority over the other.

”Bearing in mind that one in four of us will encounter a mental health difficulty at some stage of our lives, being more aware of our own mental wellbeing as a society will mean that those who need help will be able get that help more quickly, without fear of being stigmatized.
— Tom Cahill