Public mental health and relevance to social care

In this presentation Dr Jonathan Campion, Director of Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, shows how appropriate public mental health commissioning can prevent mental health problems, promote wellbeing and improve outcomes for services and the people who use them.

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Jonathan asserts that public mental health intelligence enables local assessment of

  • levels of mental disorder and wellbeing including in higher risk groups
  • local risk and protective factors
  • impact of mental disorder and low wellbeing
  • proportion receiving intervention for early treatment of mental disorder, prevention and promotion

He concludes that appropriate public mental health commissioning can

  • prevent large proportion of mental disorder  and promote population wellbeing
  • facilitate early intervention for mental disorder and reduced treatment gap
  • result in significant improvements in social care, public health and health service outcomes
  • result in significant personal, social and economic savings even in the short term
  • facilitate joined up and collaborative working between different service providers