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Publication date: 2 June 2020

Woody Caan

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 19 September 2016

Woody Caan

The purpose of this paper arose out of a Public Mental Health Network meeting in September 2015 and a suggestion then by the editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper arose out of a Public Mental Health Network meeting in September 2015 and a suggestion then by the editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry. The British Journal of Psychiatry had just published an editorial by the chief medical officer for England that challenged the current concept of wellbeing, within health policy.

Design/methodology/approach

The analysis is structured around three key elements of the chief medical officer’s challenge to the concept of “wellbeing”: has wellbeing been scientifically defined? Does improving wellbeing prevent mental illness? Is there any robust, peer-reviewed evidence to support a wellbeing “approach” to mental health?

Findings

Wellbeing is definable provided there is recognition that it has multiple dimensions. At least some of these dimensions relate to health, with most published research focused on personal wellbeing.

Originality/value

This policy analysis addresses the three questions above, within the context of mental health improvement and training for public mental health.

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 25 May 2018

Woody Caan

The purpose of this paper is to assess the twenty-first century reach and impact of “happiness” work by one individual (Professor Lord Richard Layard).

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the twenty-first century reach and impact of “happiness” work by one individual (Professor Lord Richard Layard).

Design/methodology/approach

The author approaches his work as a public health case study, with the caveat that the author knew this “Case” personally, which could influence the author’s assessment.

Findings

During 2005-2018, Richard Layard stimulated discussion of “happiness” as a field of study. This field now has global relevance to mental health, although its relationship to practice for population health is still debated.

Originality/value

Layard’s ideas are behind many initiatives, such as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 17 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 23 March 2020

Woody Caan

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 13 September 2019

Woody Caan

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 18 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 5 September 2019

Woody Caan

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 18 no. 3
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ISSN: 1746-5729

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 8 January 2019

Woody Caan

The purpose of this paper is to relate the health services’ prevention imperative to a new priority area, youth suicide.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to relate the health services’ prevention imperative to a new priority area, youth suicide.

Design/methodology/approach

The content is based on the latest UK policy documents and participation in recent events for policy-makers.

Findings

Suicide among young people is increasing, and traditional approaches are not reducing these deaths. Involving young people as researchers or trainers has been helpful, and policy-makers need to address the present social and cultural risk factors.

Research limitations/implications

Evidence differs between countries, and a local context may be important.

Practical implications

In the UK, local profiles are being developed and there is an increasing need identified for relevant training for a wide range of professionals.

Social implications

The participation of young people in developments may be emancipatory, for all concerned.

Originality/value

Because this year, young persons’ mental health will be an international priority, this may be the time to galvanise action for improved planning and resources for the prevention of youth suicide.

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 18 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 7 November 2018

Jan Cassidy and Woody Caan

This study of HMP Birmingham was part of a much larger investigation of health needs assessment (HNA), in the context of a new “HNA Toolkit” developed by Public Health…

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Purpose

This study of HMP Birmingham was part of a much larger investigation of health needs assessment (HNA), in the context of a new “HNA Toolkit” developed by Public Health England for use in the prison service. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

In 2015, details of prison healthcare in HMP Birmingham had figured in the authors’ analysis of documents. In 2018, a crisis in Birmingham typified problems developing more widely in England and Wales. Was the crisis predictable from the initial HNA?

Findings

Recommendations embodied in the 2015 HNA were not acted upon; the eventual problems that combined to overwhelm the running of HMP Birmingham were predictable.

Originality/value

Lessons from this case study could inform more coherent commissioning of prison health services. This in turn could promote timely developments for improved health and morale in the prison, amongst prisoners and staff. Longer term, this might help to avoid future crises.

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 17 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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Publication date: 23 March 2020

Woody Caan

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Journal of Public Mental Health, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5729

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