Public Health England | September 2018 |Current and future state of nation’s health revealed
PHE has published a new Health Profile for England report giving the most comprehensive picture of the health of England today and into the future. It is the second annual report combining data and knowledge with information from other sources to give a broad picture of the health of people in England in 2018.
The King’s Fund | September 2018 | Healthy places: the link between your health and where you live
The latest podcast from The King’s Fund considers the link between your health and where you live. It questions: How do we make places healthier? Helen McKenna talks with Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council, André Pinto, Public Health Manager from Public Health England and Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow from The King’s Fund.
The King’s Fund | August 2018 | What is happening to life expectancy in the UK?
In the latest piece on The King’s Fund blog, Veena Raleigh looks at how overall life expectancy has changed over time, along with considerations such as the difference in life expectancy between males and females, geographical inequalities, how the UK compares with other countries, and possible factors in the more recent slowdown in mortality improvements in the UK.
Mental Health Foundation | March 2018 | Health Inequalities Manifesto 2018
Health Inequalities Manifesto 2018 is a new publication from the Mental Health Foundation, it underlines how certain population subgroups are at higher risk of mental health problems. This is a result of of greater exposure and vulnerability to unfavourable social, economic, and environmental circumstances:
Material inequality – poverty, poor housing, lack of employment opportunities.
Social inequality and injury – stigma and discrimination or experiences related to:
living in care
experience of violence or abuse.
Health inequality – including having long-term physical health conditions.
The Mental Health Foundation recognise a social gradient which exists in relation to poverty and/or economic inequality and poorer mental health and wellbeing. Populations living in poor socio-economic circumstances are at increased risk
of poor mental health, depression and lower wellbeing. They advocate particular approaches and interventions to reduce the risk factors underpinning inequalities and applying these proportionately across the social gradient.
Their review of the latest evidence about how to lessen the risk of mental health inequalities has enabled the to identify five priorities for action. The manifesto presents these actions that can be applied to address mental health inequalities in England. These are:
Healthy children: Promote emotional wellbeing and build resilience from birth through universal and targeted programmes..
Healthy minds: Introduce a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach to address mental health promotion, prevention, treatment, discrimination, exclusion, care and recovery.
Healthy places: Apply a socio-ecological approach that takes account of the impact of the social and physical environment, within homes and in settings such as schools and communities.
Healthy communities: Introduce a place-based approach to protect and support good mental health and wellbeing in the community.
Healthy habits: Give people the knowledge, tools and resources to protect and improve their own and their families’ and friends’ mental health.