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Editorial Lynne Friedli Editor It is perhaps no surprise that the English public health What is more worrying is the failure to engage with the white paper Choosing Health (Department of Health, values and beliefs about health that this white paper 2004) has been largely welcomed by mental health represents, and to ask whether these values and beliefs are colleagues in both the statutory and voluntary sector. consistent with achieving mental health and well-being. We are used to feasting on crumbs. Choosing Health begins, like its predecessors The No doubt public mental health will make the best Health of the Nation (Department of Health, 1992) and of the opportunities the white paper presents. Notable Our Healthier Nation (Department of Health, 1999), by among these is the reinforcement of standard one of celebrating England’s proud history of improving health the national service framework for mental health. This – notably, increases in life expectancy. What it doesn’t provides welcome continuity of support for local address is a central contradiction: that improved socio- mental health promotion strategies. Elsewhere, there economic conditions and better physical health have not are explicit and implicit references to mental health and been matched by improvements in mental health. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Public Mental Health Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1746-5729
DOI
10.1108/17465729200400021
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Abstract

Lynne Friedli Editor It is perhaps no surprise that the English public health What is more worrying is the failure to engage with the white paper Choosing Health (Department of Health, values and beliefs about health that this white paper 2004) has been largely welcomed by mental health represents, and to ask whether these values and beliefs are colleagues in both the statutory and voluntary sector. consistent with achieving mental health and well-being. We are used to feasting on crumbs. Choosing Health begins, like its predecessors The No doubt public mental health will make the best Health of the Nation (Department of Health, 1992) and of the opportunities the white paper presents. Notable Our Healthier Nation (Department of Health, 1999), by among these is the reinforcement of standard one of celebrating England’s proud history of improving health the national service framework for mental health. This – notably, increases in life expectancy. What it doesn’t provides welcome continuity of support for local address is a central contradiction: that improved socio- mental health promotion strategies. Elsewhere, there economic conditions and better physical health have not are explicit and implicit references to mental health and been matched by improvements in mental health.

Journal

Journal of Public Mental HealthEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2004

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