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Mental health

Mental illness is a major source of suffering in Britain, affecting one in six of the adult population. CEP research on wellbeing has found that mental illness is the biggest single cause of misery in developed countries.

CEP's Mental Health Policy Group published two reports which helped bring about the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme (see The Depression Report: A New Deal for Depression and Anxiety Disorders [PDF] and How Mental Illness Loses out in the NHS [PDF]), which has transformed the treatment of adult anxiety disorders and depression in England. Introduced in 2008, by the end of March 2012 more than 1 million people had used the new services and recovery rates were in excess of 45 per cent. The argument for better treatment of mental health was summarised in Richard Layard and David M. Clark's book Thrive: The Power of Psychological Therapy.

We need a similar approach for children and young people, as put forward in The Good Childhood report. Of course prevention is even better than cure, and a CEP- led consortium conducted a randomised controlled trial evaluating a life skills curriculum offered in English secondary schools, called Healthy Minds.

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