Dr Peter Byrne, Lead for public mental health at the
Royal College of Psychiatrists said: "This is a very
positive development. Physical and mental illness affects so many
of us, often in combination, so it's heartening to see an emphasis
being placed on prevention.
"We especially welcome the drive to reduce childhood obesity,
loneliness and smoking in people with mental health problems.
"It is right to promote primary and community care, including
social prescribing, alongside mental health services that are
currently struggling with lack of resource.
"We agree that every child deserves the best start in life and
perinatal mental services can be an important intervention in the
first year of life. Genomics is advancing rapidly and is a very
exciting area, we look forward to it leading to personalised
treatment for mental illness.
"We expect the Green Paper to address prevention across the life
course - and good mental health is essential to achieving
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