L;FE is passionate about keeping you informed with the latest mental health information. We have recently been reading through the wellbeing and mental health government publication which was updated on the 28th August 2019. This report was designed as a resource material for health care professionals. It is designed to promote wellbeing in everyday practice whilst preventing ill health.
Below is our quick summary:
- 1 in 6 adults (in the UK) will have experience a common mental health disorder in the past week.
- Severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder affects about half a million adults in England.
- Poor mental health is estimated to carry an economic and social cost of £105b a year in the UK.
- Mental health stigma is still widespread.
- Half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14. This figure increases to 75% by the age of 24.
- Men are three times more likely to commit suicide in comparison to women. Suicide is the biggest cause of death to men under 50 and women under 35.
- 4,451 suicides in 2017 (over 85 a week / 12 per day). Of those, only 28% contacted a mental health service in the 12 months prior to death.
- preventing mental health problems and promoting mental health will impact on overall life expectancy and healthy life management.
The publication also addresses the following areas in further detail:
- access the mental health and wellbeing e-learning session
- promoting mental health in your professional practice
- mental health promotion
- preventing mental health problems
- preventing suicide
- improving the physical health of people with mental health problems
- core principles for healthcare professionals
- taking action
- measuring impact
- further mental health reading, resources and good practice
- professional resources and tools