- Thursday 7th March 2019 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Mental health & wellbeing

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This chat is guest hosted by @PHE_uk

This discussion will be focusing on mental health: why it is important and key actions that can be taken to improve the population’s mental health. Mental health is recognised as a priority area of All Our Health (click here to view the guidance) and within PHE.

Mental health problems are common, with one in six adults reporting a mental health disorder, such as anxiety, in the last week. Half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14, rising to 75% by age 24. Suicide, including injury and poisoning of undetermined intent, was the leading cause of death in males and females and 10 to 34, and males aged 35 to 49 in England in 2016. People with severe mental illness have a life expectancy that is 15 to 20 years shorter than the general population. 


This #AllOurHealth tweetchat aims to explore these issues and how we can improve the mental health of the population, and together we will explore the following key questions: 

Why is mental health important to your practice?
What does the evidence say?
What are the key challenges for practitioners around improving the physical health of people with mental health problems?
In what ways can practitioners help promote good mental health and prevent mental health problems?
Does anyone have any good practice to share? 

For this tweetchat we will be joined by Lily Makurah, @lilymakurah – PHE’s National Lead Public Mental Health


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