Promoting wellbeing: expert contribution

Below read our seven expert contributions on the importance of wellbeing in our everyday lives. See also the actions we need to take to foster healthier communities as well as the role that local government has to play in promoting wellbeing. These opinion pieces form an important backdrop to the report: ‘The role of local government in promoting wellbeing'. These short, informative pieces engender greater understanding of the core themes and messages of this publication.

Marcia Brophy, Wellbeing and Resilience Programme Leader, The Young Foundation

Marcia Brophy outlines what wellbeing means for us today in the 21st century. She comments that in light of the recent recession the focus on personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of communities may have diminished. However, the opposite appears to be true. Brophy looks at both wellbeing and resilience and the role local authorities can play in helping people maintain both.

Reflections on 21st century wellbeing

Dr John Ashton, Joint Director of Public Health for NHS Cumbria

Director of Public Health for NHS Cumbria takes an analytical look at the origins of local government and public health. Aston looks at the history of local government and public health over the last 150 years and touches upon the role that local government will play in the public health agenda.

The origins of local government and public health

Dr Lynne Friedli

Lynne Friedli argues that the mental health and sense of wellbeing within communities is both a cause and a consequence of inequalities. Friedli discusses how local authorities can put interventions in place to improve the situation.

Mental health, inequalities and the role of local government

Dr Andrew McCulloch, CEO, Mental Health Foundation

Dr McCulloch (CEO) examines the role physical activity has to play in wellbeing and its benefits appear to be manifold:

  • releasing endorphins
  • elevating self-esteem through mastery of a skill
  • helping individuals to switch off negative thoughts
  • getting people mixing socially and into open spaces enjoying leisure activities.

How local government can promote wellbeing through physical activity

Anthea Cooke and Lynn Snowden, Directors of Inukshuk Consultancy

Cooke and Snowden discuss the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) and provide a case study example.

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment: a way for people to contribute to decision making

Michael Parsonage, ex-Treasury Economist and Senior Policy Adviser, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

Ex-Treasury Economist and Senior Policy Adviser, Sainsbury Centre for mental Health, argues the case for increased spending on public mental health in spite of the current strained economic climate.

Mental health promotion in the current economic climate

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

Leader of Manchester City Council talks about fostering wellbeing and resilience within the Manchester area; as well as the role wellbeing has to play in reducing ‘worklessness'.

A focus on wellbeing in Manchester


26 January 2011

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