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UK government consults on tackling mental health problems through group activities

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3019 (Published 24 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3019
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Wellbeing initiatives that encourage group activities should be promoted among whole communities in a bid to prevent mental health problems, according to the government’s consultation document on the future of mental health policy.

    The document, New Horizons, sets out a new approach to tackling mental health problems by focusing on prevention as well as treatment.

    Urban allotments, reading groups, and computer training for people older than 50 are just some of the initiatives highlighted in the document.

    Launching the document on 23 July the care services minister, Phil Hope, said, “People with mental health problems are more likely to do other things that damage their health, such as have a poor diet, smoke, or take drugs. So promoting good mental health is a key part of tackling many other health inequalities.

    “Our aim …

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