Good mental health matters for well-being & for human flourishing. While mental health has come to the forefront of public debate during COVID-19, it already accounted for one of the largest & fastest growing categories of the global burden of disease prior to the pandemic. Successful strategies to promote good population mental health will need to take a holistic & people-centred view that recognises that the ability to thrive depends on the broader living conditions & quality of life experienced by individuals, families & communities. The need for a society-wide response has already been recognised in longstanding work of the OECD and others. Now, the organisation is launching a new project applying a well-being lens to mental health, drawing on the economic, social, environmental and relational dimensions of people’s lives highlighted by the OECD’s Well-being Framework, & building on synergies with the whole-of-government approaches to well-being under development in a number of countries. In particular, this project will outline what is needed to improve the quality and availability of comparable data on population-wide mental health status, establish how well-being approaches can serve as additional tool for further policy integration, & help shine a light on areas where more work is needed.
This conference aims to deepen the understanding of the interrelationships between mental health & people’s economic, social, environmental & relational well-being. It will take stock of existing work that considers the multidimensional drivers & social determinants of mental health; discuss how to overcome the well-known challenges of measuring population mental health status; & examine what lessons can be learned from integrated policy approaches so far. The conference outcomes will inform the new OECD project on integrated approaches to well-being & mental health.
View agenda: www.oecd.org/wise/events/Well-being-and-Mental-Conference-6-9-December-2021-Agenda.pdf