Advocacy Resources

Public mental health: Evidence, practice and commissioningCampion J (2019) Royal Society for Public Health.

Summary of evidence for public health interventions designed to support a range of providers of public mental health interventions including primary care, secondary mental health care, social care, third sector providers, education providers, employers, criminal justice system, as well as public health and local authorities. Includes 70+ references to mindfulness and may be a good tool for engaging commissioning groups and health boards. 

 

A SPENDING REVIEW TO INCREASE WELLBEING An open letter to the Chancellor. Report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics (2019). The What Works Centre for Wellbeing. 

This publication by the APPG on Wellbeing Economics is not only a good source of information, it's also a great example of advocacy masterminded by the former head of the UK Civil Service, Lord Gus O'Donnell, and arch-mental health campaigner Lord Richard Layard.

Wellbeing includes everything that is important to people and their lives. We believe therefore that improving wellbeing should serve as a central goal for our society and the overriding aim of government policy. It is what should determine the country’s spending priorities across all departments for the next Spending Round. We say this because wellbeing is what people care most about, which is why it determines how they vote. The evidence is now clear. The main determinant of whether a government gets re-elected is the level of wellbeing – and not the level of employment or of economic growth.

State of the Heart Report 2018 (2018)

Declining EQ correlates to diminished wellbeing in the first-ever study of global emotional intelligence trends linked to World Health Organization data. The insights show the value of EQ, highlight a rising threat and "help us to navigate a changing world".

 

Mindfulness and a more "human-centred" economy

 

Discussion Paper: Towards an economy built upon human capacities of heart and mind

A viable economic strategy for the 2020s and 2030s must address the two fundamental challenges: handling the pace of technological change, on the one hand, and dealing with environmental degradation, on the other. A wise response may require us to place our humanity at the centre of our economic thinking. But how? This Discussion Paper, written by former Bank of England economist, Dan Nixon, considers the macroeconomic implications of a scenario in which we increase the overall “level” of mindfulness among the UK population. Such an uplift, we argue, could support the development of precisely those human capacities of heart and mind that we currently need most of all: our attentional skills, our ability to think creatively, our capacity to empathise. Perhaps, then, mindfulness training could help us to build an economy over the coming decades that is more adaptable, more human-centred and at the same time more environmentally sustainable?

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