Report "Integrating Mental Health Promotion and Prevention into General Practice"
The report aims to encourage the integration of mental health promotion and prevention into general practice to reduce the burden of mental and physical disorders and the ensuing pressure on general practice. The rationale for this is that mental health promotion and prevention are too important to wait.
There is strong evidence for the value of mental health promotion and prevention to improve human, social and economic capital. The case for systematic attention to the implementation of mental health promotion and prevention is made by the magnitude of the global burden of mental disorder and the importance of its prevention; the current evolution of the role of clinical commissioning groups; the timely focus in the NHS’s Five Year Forward View (2015-2020) policy on improving health and wellbeing, health promotion and prevention, and on developing a closer relationship between primary care and the community.
We therefore propose 1, 2 overarching messages to enable and support this process.
The core principles underpinning both this brief report and the wider think tank report on which it is based include the WHO definitions of health and mental health, the public health framework for health promotion and prevention, the need for parity (equality of time, energy, resources and commissioning expertise) between mental and physical health, and the value of a biopsychosocial approach to health.
The twelve messages to achieve improved mentalhealth for all and to save lives: