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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 a
public mental health commissioning guide from the Joint
Commissioning Panel for Mental Health.
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.
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