Introduction

Emotional wellbeing is emerging as the most important area for political and economic action in the 21st Century1.

Fortunately this is an area where substantial health gain is possible2 without major investment and with the possibilities of cost savings through transformation of health and social care services3 and to wider society4.

Achieving these gains will mean concentrated action to use the expanding evidence-base to transform services.

Clinical Commissioning Groups, Specialised Commissioners, Local Authorities and Health and Wellbeing Boards will lead this process through implementation of strategies in public health, primary, secondary and tertiary care for acute, community and mental health services.

Improving emotional wellbeing involves

  • improving and maintaining the health of the general population
  • identifying, treating and/or managing those with mild, moderate and severe problems