Wellbeing and being well

BMJ Current, 20 July 2016

John Appleby looks at the statistical correlation between health and happiness.

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A healthier life for all: the case for cross-government action

The Health Foundation, July 2016

The Health Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group have jointly published a comprehensive, accessible collection of essays setting out the current and emerging threats to health and wellbeing and what we know about what works to address them. The essay collection concludes that addressing the wider determinants of health is critical to ensuring the prosperity and wellbeing of British society as well as easing pressure on the NHS. The essays support the view that a more proactive approach to tackling poor health across all policy areas is urgently needed, to help ensure individuals, families and communities can thrive.

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A public health approach to promoting young people’s resilience

Association for Young People’s Health, June 2016

Young people face a wide range of challenges in their lives from moving schools to family breakdown to bullying. Building resilience can support better outcomes for them whatever challenges they face. This resource from AYPH, funded by Public Health England, and developed with input from the Early Intervention Foundation, provides a new focus on public health approaches to supporting young people’s resilience.

The AYPH Resilience Resource builds on PHE’s framework for young people’s health which was published in 2015.  It highlights ways that services have successfully worked together, provides links to useful interventions and other resources, and draws on the perspectives of young people about what works well for them.

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Gardens and health: implications for policy and practice

The King’s Fund, May 2016

The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) commissioned The King’s Fund to write an independent report on the benefits of gardens and gardening on health. It reviewed the existing evidence on gardens and wellbeing and includes a menu of recommendations for national strategic action as well as local front-line action.

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Interventions to prevent burnout in high risk individuals: Evidence review

Public Health England, February 2016

Although there is existing evidence on what works to treat burnout and work-related stress, there is less on what works to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

This report provides an overview of literature covering how to prevent burnout and work-related stress in individuals and within organisations.

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Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

Public Health England, February 2016

The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

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