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Health and Wellbeing

Posts about the work of the Health and Wellbeing directorate

Making HIV testing part of how we care for ourselves

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HIV remains a major source of harm to people’s health, much of which is avoidable.  There are more HIV tests being performed in England than at any time in the three decades we’ve been battling this virus. That’s welcome, but …

Recovery from drug dependency: where next?

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Today Public Health England published national drug treatment statistics for adults in 2012-13. They show that treatment continues to perform well overall and that, within the context of declining prevalence, the numbers in treatment are falling.  Access remains quick and …

Promoting wellbeing and mental health: what's next?

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The well-known US psychologist, Ed Diener, once complained his professors wouldn't let him study happiness – depression yes, but happiness? Never. To me, that sums up the traditional focus we've had on mental illness. Of course that's important, but it …