Campaign publishes booklet on mental wellbeing

27 November 2013

Making the Case 9 - Mental Wellbeing

The Campaign is publishing the latest in its booklet series, ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ today, on the theme of mental wellbeing. Read the booklet

The booklet will be launched by the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP and the economist Professor Lord Richard Layard.

The launch is being held at Portcullis House, Westminster, before an audience of policy makers and social scientists. Details of the event

Important research detailed in the booklet includes:

• A cost-benefit analysis of cognitive behavioural therapy, carried out by Professor Layard and his team at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance. This found that that the therapy was cost-effective as it helps people to keep or find work and so stay off benefits. As a result the Government has launched a programme which treats 400,000 people a year, with over 45% recovery rates.

• Work by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the University of Newcastle, on counselling in schools. Their recommendations – such as that counselling services must have sustainable funding, employ professionally qualified counsellors and be easily accessible — were adopted when the 22 local authorities in Wales brought in counselling in all its secondary schools.

• Work by researchers at King’s College London developing and evaluating new psychological therapies for psychosis, an area previously thought not to be suitable for psychotherapy.

This is the ninth booklet in the Making the Case series, each summarising research that has had a direct benefit for society. Previous booklet topics include crime, climate change, ageing, management and sport. The booklets are used to promote the power of social science to influence government policy and important social issues.

The Mental Wellbeing booklet is sponsored by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology and the British Academy of Management.

Professor Layard is a labour economist who has worked extensively on how to reduce unemployment and inequality and promote happiness. His main current interest is in how better mental health can improve our social and economic life.