05 September 2019
The British Psychological Society has reaffirmed its determination to tackle poor mental health in the UK by signing up the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health from Public Health England (PHE).
The Prevention Concordat is the first time a range of organisations have come together to make prevention a priority for mental health. So far, more than 40 organisations representing all sectors have signed up and committed to action.
It is underpinned by an understanding that a prevention-focused approach to improving the public’s mental health will make a valuable contribution to achieving a fairer and more equitable society.
Sarb Bajwa, Chief Executive of the BPS said:
“Promoting good mental health is vital and can only be achieved if organisations like local authorities, NHS trusts, businesses, local communities, and religious groups work together at local and national level.
By signing up to the concordat, we are demonstrating our commitment to work with other organisations, through local and national action, to prevent mental health problems and to further promote parity of esteem between mental and physical health.”
Lily Makurah, national lead for public mental health at PHE, added:
“We’re delighted the British Psychological Society has joined the growing list of organisations signing up to our Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
This is designed to help communities promote good mental health and prevent mental health problems. Through local and national action across sectors, we can all contribute to improving mental health and wellbeing and reducing stigma for everyone.”