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Briefing paper

Public mental health implementation – a new centre and new opportunities (March 2022)

Briefing paper summary

Mental disorders account for at least 18% of global and 21% of UK disease burden. This is due to a combination of high prevalence, early onset during the life course, and a broad range of associated impacts. Effective interventions exist to prevent onset of mental disorders, treat mental disorders, prevent associated impacts, and promote mental wellbeing and resilience.

However, only a minority of people with a mental disorder in the UK receive treatment, and far fewer receive interventions to prevent associated impacts. Furthermore, there is negligible provision of interventions to prevent mental disorders or promote mental wellbeing and resilience. The implementation gap is even greater in low- and -middle-income countries and results in population-scale preventable suffering, broad impacts and associated economic costs. The gap breaches the right to health, reflects lack of parity and has further widened with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The implementation gap can be addressed sustainably through a public mental health approach.

The Public Mental Health Implementation Centre (PMHIC) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists was established in 2021 to work in partnership with relevant bodies to support improved implementation of evidence-based public mental health interventions, both nationally and internationally. This will support sustainable and equitable reduction of disease burden from mental disorders and promotion of population mental wellbeing and resilience.

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