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The effects of mental health and wellbeing in the context of society

Time for some catch-up TV? Question Time from 10 December

If you missed this week's episode of Question Time on Thursday, 10 December 2015, with Mary Beard, Caroline Flint, Vince Cable, Greg Clark and Quentin Letts, you've got 12 months left to watch it on BBC iPlayer. I'd recommend you don't waste any time. Watch it now at: http://bbc.in/1OnAYB1 for the the panel and audience responses to the question asking why more isn't being done by the government to support people with mental health problems?

Work. Friend or Foe to Health?

Video recording of Professor Dame Carol Black's lecture on 25 February 2015 at part of the Nottingham Trent University Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Lecture abstract:

The ONS Measuring National Well-being (MNW)

The ONS is currently consulting on the first set of draft national well-being measures. The (MNW) programme was launched in November 2010 to provide a fuller understanding of ‘how society is doing’ than economic measures alone can provide. It started with a national debate on ‘What matters to you?’ to improve understanding of what should be included in measures of the nation’s well-being.

Paying the Price: The cost of mental health care in England to 2026

This King's Fund publication is designed to encourage informed debate about the future nature and shape of mental health services in England. The authors suggest that unless the right level of investment in mental health serives is made 'we will all pay the price'  in wasted resources and wasted lives.

 The executive dummary and full report can be downloaded from the King's Fund website. The full report includes chapters on the following conditions:

Shift website and resources

This link will take you to the main Shift website. Shift  was set up in 2004  to tackle stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues in England. It  built on the mind out for mental health campaign, which ran from 2001 to April 2004 and was part of the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU). NMHDU and Shift ceased on 31st March 2011.

Shift's work and the resources it produced focused on the following:


Key useful resources produced included:

Healthy communities: vital impact assessment guidance

In an age of austerity with significant cuts to councils' budgets, the importance of evaluating projects, especially in the field of health, takes on added primacy. Access our new impact assessment guide produced with Valerie Garrow, Associate Director at the Institute for Employment Studies. Find out how to design and implement your own impact assessment. Read a selection of 'real life' case studies that detail the challenges councils have had to face in constructing their own assessments.

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