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The Public Health White Paper, Healthy Lives Healthy People, places significant emphasis on the need to improve population mental health and wellbeing.

Good wellbeing does not just mean the absence of mental illness - it brings a wide range of benefits, including reduced health risk behaviour (such as smoking), reduced mortality, improved educational outcomes and increased productivity at work” (HLHP)

The White Paper recognises that mental health underpins a range of outcomes across society, that mental health and physical health should be integrated, that mental wellbeing underpins health behaviour change and focus is needed on improving self esteem, confidence, resilience and control.

A special briefing on the mental health and wellbeing implications of the White Paper was produced by the National Mental Health Development Unit.

No Health without Mental Health is the current mental health strategy published in February 2011. This sets out twin aims to:

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

There are 6 agreed shared objectives to improve mental health outcomes:

  • More people will have good mental health
  • More people with mental health problems will recover
  • More people with mental health problems will have good physical health
  • More people will have a positive experience of care and support
  • Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
  • Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination

The excellent accompanying supporting documents focus on delivering better outcomes for mental health describing the shared objectives to achieve better mental health and wellbeing, and the interventions needed in each case and also provide evidence for making the Economic Case for Improving Efficiency and Quality in Mental Health

In July 2012 the government published an Implementation Framework for the No Health without Mental Health strategy. champs has produced a summary of the public health responsibilities within the Implementation Framework.