Better mental health for all: A public health approach to mental health improvement

It’s imperative that a public health perspective is taken within mental health to change the current crisis and reactive service model. 

In this report, which was written as a collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation and the Faculty of Public Health, we examine what can be done individually and collectively to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and communities by using a public health approach and look to support the development of knowledge and skills in public mental health. The report is an evidence based resource for people who want to create real change in local communities. 

  • Section one maps out why mental health is an important and often overlooked aspect of overall health.
  • Section two outlines the risk and protective factors through the life course and across communities.
  • Section three addresses approaches and interventions to improve mental health at different stages of the life course and in different settings.
  • Section four offers a practical guide to enable practitioners to support their own mental wellbeing.

Throughout the report, case studies showcase examples of innovative public mental health programmes and projects being run across the UK. Three of these case studies were developed into videos: