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Chief Medical Officer (CMO) annual report: public mental health

The report looks at the epidemiology of public mental health, the quality of evidence, possible future innovations in science and technology, and the economic case for good mental health.

It also outlines the importance of both treating mental health as equal to physical health and of focusing on the needs and safety of people with mental illness.

Highlights from the report include:

  • mental health is just as important as physical health, mental health services need to be valued and the scale of the burden of disease caused by mental illness needs to be acknowledged
  • more needs to be done to help people with mental illness stay in work, as since 2009, the number of working days lost to ‘stress, depression and anxiety’ has increased by 24% and the number lost to serious mental illness has doubled
  • there have been some very interesting technological innovations in mental healthcare and our understanding of the causes and development of mental illness is increasing through techniques such as neuroimaging, neuropsychology, genetics and blood-based biomarkers

The report is available HERE

Related events:

CQC Inspections in Mental Health & Community Care
Monday 22 September 2014 London


Delivering Quality Outcomes for People with Dementia
Monday 6 October 2014 London


Improving Adolescent Mental Health Services & Bridging the Gap between Adolescent and Adult Mental Health
Thursday 9 October 2014 London


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Ensuring Compliance in Practice
Monday 13 October 2014 London


Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Friday 17 October 2014 London


Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions
Thursday 23 October 2014 London


Psychosis & Schizophrenia in Adults
Monday 10 November 2014 London


Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Monday 10 November 2014 London


Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix In Mental Health
Monday 17 November 2014 London


Masterclass: The Mental Capacity Act and Advance Decisions
Tuesday 2 December 2014 London


Delirium: Implementing the New NICE Quality Standard
Tuesday 9 December 2014 London


Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Tuesday 9 December 2014 London


Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Thursday 11 December 2014 London


Psychological Therapies in the NHS 2015
Wednesday 11 February 2015 — Thursday 12 February London


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