The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health

Chaired by former minister for mental health, Paul Burstow MP, the CentreForum Mental Health Commission concludes its 12 month study on the state of wellbeing in England by identifying five key priorities between now and 2020. It calls on 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 crippling 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, closing the treatment gap that leaves one in four of the adult population needlessly suffering from depression and anxiety and 1-2% experiencing a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia.Please, visit
http://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/news/2014_CentreForum_happiness.aspx

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