Avoiding Mental Health Issues
Problem: According to the UN 2013 World Happiness Report, mental illness is one of the main causes of unhappiness and school-based interventions supporting social and emotional learning, like mindfulness education, are mental health promotion and protection strategies. At its core, mental health or psychological well-being rest on the capacity of individuals to manage their thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as well as their interactions with others, making mindfulness education an important part of meeting the objectives of the UN Happiness Report to increase happiness and well-being in the UK.
In recent decades there has been increasing recognition of the efficacy of Mindfulness-based therapy in treating psychological problems. Scientific evidence has shown the benefits of Mindfulness therapy to include an increased ability to relax, improved self confidence, and emotional resilience in difficult situations. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) endorsed Mindfulness practice in its treatment guidelines for depression in 2004 and 2009.
Solution: Mindfulness classes have the potential to prevent mental health problems and aid those who suffer from mental health disabilities. Mental health problems are one of the main causes of unhappiness. For this reason, the Mindfulness Foundation aims to bring more awareness to mental health and promote mindfulness classes as an alternative prevention method and treatment of mental illness in conjunction with other methods proven to aid those suffering from mental health issues.
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'Resilience and Results', has been sent to all schools in England to help Headteachers encourage resilience in pupils, to support them in achieving academic success, as well as giving them the best life chances.
Download the Report a guide by Children & Young People's Mental Health Coalition.
Almost half of young people with fewer than five GCSEs graded A* to C say they 'always' or 'often' feel down or depressed (Prince's Trust, 2012).
No Health Without Mental Health
In February 2011 the Government published No Health Without Mental Health, its cross-government, all-age strategy for mental health in England. This Briefing provides an overview of the implementation framework, focusing on those areas that are most relevant to providers of NHS mental health services.
This strategy set out six objectives:
- More people should have good mental health.
- More people with mental health problems should recover.
- More people with mental health problems should have good physical health.
- More people should have a positive experience of care and support.
- Fewer people should suffer avoidable harm.
- Fewer people should experience stigma and discrimination.
The framework has three central aims. Firstly, it sets out how progress will be monitored through outcomes, and how the range of outcome measures currently available will be built upon in future.
Secondly, and most importantly, it makes a series of recommendations for local and regional organisations to take forward.
Thirdly, it details a series of national commitments to support implementation.
The economic cost of mental illness
The wider economic cost of mental illness in England has been estimated at £105.2 billion each year. This includes direct costs of services, lost productivity at work, and reduced quality of life.
The cost of poor mental health to businesses is just over £1,000 per employee per year, or almost £30 billion across the UK economy.
In 2008/9, the NHS spent 10.8% of its annual secondary healthcare budget on mental health services, which amounted to £10.4 billion. Service costs, which include NHS, social, and informal care costs amounted to £22.5 billion in 2007 in England.
Mental health investment
Over the last four years, overall investment in psychological therapy (PT) services has increased by 96%, from £197 million in 2008/09 to £386 million in 2011/12. IAPT investment increased to £213 million and now exceeds investment in non-IAPT services.
In 2010/11 the total money invested in adult mental health services for working age adults was £6.550 billion or £195.8 per head of weighted working age population. In the same year, £11.91 billion was spent on all age mental health disorders, compared to £11.26 billion in 2009/10.
There has been significant investment in inpatient environments, with over £2 billion invested in new and refurbished mental health facilities since 2001.