A coalition of experts has published a report outlining action points to tackle the root causes of England’s record mental ill-health, including inequality, poor housing, and child poverty1. The report highlights the need for policy to address these issues in order to improve mental health outcomes for all.The report emphasizes the importance of tackling inequality as a key factor in improving mental health. It notes that people living in more deprived areas are more likely to experience poor mental health, and that this is linked to a range of social and economic factors, including poverty, poor housing, and limited access to education and employment opportunities.To address these issues, the report recommends a range of policy interventions, including:
- Tackling child poverty: The report calls for action to address child poverty, which is a key driver of poor mental health outcomes. This includes measures to increase access to affordable housing, improve access to education and employment opportunities, and provide support for families in need
- Improving housing conditions: The report highlights the importance of safe, secure, and affordable housing in promoting good mental health. It recommends measures to improve the quality of social housing, increase access to affordable housing, and provide support for people experiencing homelessness
- Addressing inequality: The report emphasizes the need to address the root causes of inequality, including poverty, discrimination, and social exclusion. It recommends measures to improve access to education and employment opportunities, reduce income inequality, and promote social inclusion
The report also calls for greater investment in mental health services, including early intervention and prevention programs, and improved access to treatment and support for people experiencing mental health problems.Overall, the report highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to improving mental health outcomes, one that addresses the social and economic factors that contribute to poor mental health. By tackling inequality, poor housing, and child poverty, policymakers can help to create a more equitable and healthy society for all.