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No health without mental health

  • Last modified date:
    2 February 2011
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The cross-Government Mental Health Outcomes Strategy was launched today.

The strategy’s theme is that mental health is everyone’s business, whether employers, education, third sector or criminal justice and it takes a life course approach covering children and young people, adults to older people, in order to:

  • improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population and keep people well, and
  • improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high quality services that are equally accessible to all.

The aim is to mainstream mental health so that it becomes as important to people as their physical health.

Key to reducing the estimated £105 billion annual cost of mental ill-health to the economy is to intervene early to stop problems developing and to prevent illness through public mental health and well-being actions across the board.  Stakeholder groups are supporting the strategy through an agreed ‘Call to action’.

It will enable more decisions to be taken locally, with people having more choice and information to meet their individual needs.

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