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Public mental health in England since 1997: past, present and future

Jenny Bywaters (National Institute for Mental Health, England)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 1 March 2005



Although public mental health has rarely been an explicit element of national health policy in England, a range of programmes have contributed to moving it up the agenda. There is a growing movement for recognition of the potential benefits of a population‐wide approach to promoting mental health and well‐being. This paper describes work streams developed since 1997, under the current government, and outlines opportunities for the future.


Bywaters, J. (2005), "Public mental health in England since 1997: past, present and future", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 13-16.



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