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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Recovery and Resilience: Our President's new campaign


New: Did you know: series of information briefings

The first two of a set of public mental health briefings cover wellbeing and levels of mental disorder and treatment in England. Wellbeing has a range of important impacts, is associated with resilience to a broad range of adversity and is an important part of recovery from mental disorder. Local health and wellbeing strategies are also focusing on wellbeing. Across a local population, particular groups are at greater risk of poor wellbeing and one of the largest groups are those with mental disorder. Other groups at risk of poor wellbeing are also at risk of mental disorder. Appropriate interventions to promote wellbeing in universally proportionate way result in a broad range of improved outcomes, reduce risk of mental disorder and associated inequalities, and are outlined in shortly to be published public mental health commissioning guidance (JCP, in press). However, treatment of mental disorder is also an important way of reducing the cause of poor wellbeing in a large proportion of the population yet only a minority with mental disorder receive any intervention. In contrast, almost all those with cancer receive treatment and highlights a clear example of lack of parity.



Open Minds Alliance CIC,  Samaritans, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Southwick Media Consultancy are leading the U Can Cope multimedia multiagency media campaign to support and promote the 2012 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on 10 September. The theme of the 2012 WSPD is ‘Strengthening Protective Factors and Instilling Hope’.


About the campaign

Mental health problems have a profound impact, on the person who experiences them and on those who are close to them - their family, friends and carers - and influences the provision of psychiatric services.

For many people, recovery is the process of developing a new sense of self, purpose in life and hope.  It is a journey for the individual and those close to them in rebuilding a satisfying life.

Central to the theme of recovery is resilience which allows for individual strengths and coping skills to surface, in spite of adversity.

Improving mental health across all ages reduces inequalities, improves physical health, increases life expectancy and quality of life.

This campaign aims to bring together and highlight the work that many psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are involved in, across all specialities, to disseminate good practice, and innovative and effective initiatives. 


Types of project

We are looking for a wide range of projects and innovations to include in the campaign.  These activities could include:

  • Anti-stigma projects
  • Mental health awareness projects
  • Research and surveys
  • Leaflets and publications
  • Film and arts projects
  • Collaborations with Service User, Carer and Community groups and other organisations
  • Guidelines and good practice documentation.


Who can get involved?

We are looking for contributions from:

  • Divisions
  • Faculties
  • Sections
  • Special interest groups.

Get involved - and help make this a truly inspirational campaign.


For further information contact Deborah Hart


April 2012

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