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Mental Health

One in four adults and one in ten children experience mental health problems and many more of us know and care for people who do. Awareness of and attitudes to mental health are slowly changing.  There is now more awareness generally about the importance of everyone maintaining good mental health and providing person-centered support that allows people with problems to live well in the community.

Good physical health and good mental health are linked. There remains an urgent need to improve the physical health and healthcare of people with mental health problems. People with severe and prolonged mental health problems are at risk of dying on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population. Conversely, changes to physical health can lead to poor mental health.

The development of this framework of core mental health competencies for all pharmacy professions was started before the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision to fast-track its publication was taken because of the importance of supporting people and colleagues with their mental health in a period that is challenging for everyone.  Please read the pharmacy extended roles report.

Please share this document with your networks. If you have any questions regarding this framework please contact mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk

Pharmacy for mental health

Read how better use of pharmacy staff to support patients and clinical staff adds tremendous value to NHS mental health services. Read Anita Solanki's blog. She is HEE’s Mental Health Training Programme Director, North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation. 

Read more about new roles in mental health pharmacy