Depression doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease. That's just one of the shocking stats in a new report from the UK's psychiatrists today.
Calling on the government to put mental health at the heart of their new public health strategy, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has published a compelling bank of evidence showing that:
RCPsych president Professor Dinesh Bhugra, right, said that 'historically, government public health strategies have concentrated on physical health and overlooked the importance of both mental illness and mental well-being. But there is no health without mental health. There is vast evidence to show that mental illness is associated with a greater risk of physical illness – and physical illness in turn increases the risk of mental illness.
He said mental health problems cost £105 billion a year in England alone and is the 'single largest source of burden of disease'.
It’s clear that strategies to improve the health of the nation will only be effective if they address mental health and wellbeing as well,' Professor Bhugra concluded.
Specifically, the RCPsych report No health without public mental health: the case for action calls on the government to:
Responding to the report, care service minister Paul Burstow MP promised a ground-breaking new strategy. He said: 'the government is clear that there is no health without mental health. That is why we will publish both a public health White Paper and mental health strategy that will break new ground. If the right action is taken early in people's lives, it’s possible to make a big difference. The right support at the right time can help people realise their potential, cope with adversity and hold down a job. This is good for the individual and good for society too.'
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