The Wellbeing Programme was founded in 2003 when Richard Layard gave his public lectures on "Happiness: Has social science a clue?" His book on Happiness then followed. The programme has expanded and now includes three main strands:
The Wellbeing Programme is also responsible for bringing together the members of the Mental Health Policy Group, which in June 2012 published its report How Mental Illness Loses out in the NHS, the subject of which Richard Layard discussed in his lecture "Mental Health: The New Frontier for the Welfare State".
Mental illness accounts for nearly half of all ill health suffered by people under 65 – and it is more disabling than most chronic physical disease. Yet only a quarter of those involved are in any form of treatment...
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April 2012 saw the launch of the first World Happiness Report, commissioned for the United Nations Conference on Happiness and co-edited by Richard Layard, John Helliwell and Jeffrey Sachs.
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