No Health Without Mental Health: a guide for Directors of Public Health

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1 December 2015
No Health Without Mental Health
Mental health services, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Following the publication of the implementation framework for the government’s mental health strategy, this guide sets out the crucial role that local Directors of Public Health can play. 

Mental health conditions account for almost one quarter of ill health in the UK, more than either cancer or heart disease (WHO 2008). Their prevalence is rising, with the World Health Organisation predicting that depression will be the second most common health condition worldwide by 2020.

Mental health conditions affect people of all ages but in a majority of cases they emerge by the mid-20s and with effective promotion, prevention and early intervention their impact can be reduced dramatically.

The purpose is to improve the mental health of everyone in their communities and tackle some of the widest and most entrenched inequalities in health. These duties are enshrined in the Health and Social Care Act and Public Health Outcomes Framework.

This is one of a series of briefings produced on behalf of the Mental Health Strategic Partnership with funding from the Department of Health.

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