Summary report on the Cumberland Lodge conference on 'Mental Health and Wellbeing', held on 1-2 February 2016

Published Date: 
Sunday, 28 February 2016

The starting point for this conference was the the 2013 Advocacy Report Public Mental Health: Investing in the Priorities report from the Chief Medical Officer for England.

It was designed to address the concern that public mental health has contested boundaries and terminology, which prevent a common understanding that can be applied in everyday practice by the NHS, government departments and executive agencies, service users, patients and funders, as well as by users of research. 

It picked up on key themes of the 2013 report, such as:

  • What is the relationship between mental health and well-being?
  • What evidence is there on promoting resilience in mental health?
  • What is our approach to the use of evidence in mental health policy?
  • What is the role of psychiatry in public mental health? 
  • How are mental health variations of importance measured and experienced?
  • Taking things forward and working together - what is the future of public mental health?

Chapter two of the CMO's report states that: 'Unlike many other areas of health and medicine, public mental health is a complex field to define because it would ideally embrace notions of both good and poor mental health within its scope. In current usage, it has contested boundaries and terminology, and presents challenges in achieving a common understanding that can be applied in everyday practice by the NHS, government departments and executive agencies, service users, patients and funders, as well as by users of research.'

The summary report from our conference can be downloaded in pdf format above.

Speakers

Speakers at the 'Mental Health and Wellbeing' conference included:

Professor Tim Croudace, Chair in Applied Health Research, University of Dundee

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England & Trustee, Cumberland Lodge

Paul Farmer, CEO, Mind

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Vice President, Association of Directors of Public Health & Director of Public Health, London Borough of Haringey

Dr Simon Howard, Public Health Speciality Registrar

Professor Willem Kuyken, Director, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford

Professor Lord Richard Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics, LSE

Sally McManus, Co-Head of Health Policy Research, NatCen

Dr Kai Ruggeri, Director of the Policy Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

Dr Heema Shukla, Public Health Consultant

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England 

Professor Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Karen Turner, Director of Mental Health, NHS England

Presentations

The following presentations are also available from the conference:

"What is the Relationship Between Mental Health and Well-Being?" - Dr Simon Howard

"Measuring Well-Being" - Sally McManus

"What is a sensible approach to the use of evidence in mental health policy?" - Dr Heema Shukla