20 October 2015
Mindful Nation UK Launch
Mindful Nation UK Launched in Parliament, 20th October 2015 "We need to take prevention strategies seriously if we are to reduce the burden of mental ill health, and encourage the flourishing and wellbeing of a healthy nation. Mindfulness is one of the most promising prevention strategies."
Interest in mindfulness within the mainstream of society and its institutions is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, supported by increasingly rigorous scientific research, and driven in part by a longing for new models and practices that might help us individually and collectively to apprehend and solve the challenges threatening our health as societies and as a species, optimizing the preconditions for happiness and wellbeing, and minimizing the causes and preconditions for unhappiness and suffering.
~ Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Lexington, Massachusetts
The Annual Public Health Report 2014 for Kingston upon Thames by Dr Jonathan Hildebrand, Kingston's Director of Public Health says in Key Messages on page 4: "Intervening effectively when children and adolescents are starting to develop mental health problems could prevent between a quarter and a half of adult mental illness so these interventions should be prioritised."
Applying the Kingston Wellbeing approach across Public Health England means we
are looking at an estimated ROI of £42 billion each year based on the economic
calculations from the following Department of Health Reports.
The economic case for improving efficiency and quality in mental health
Mental ill health is the single largest cause of disability in the UK, contributing up to 22.8% of the total burden, compared to
15.9% for cancer and 16.2% for cardiovascular disease. The wider economic costs of mental illness in England have been estimated at £105.2 billion each year. This includes direct
costs of services, lost productivity at work and reduced quality of life.