Last week the Metro had written a small piece about Lord Layard’s new report called Measuring National Wellbeing. The report provides specific focus on the importance of the early years in laying the foundation for adult mental health and wellbeing.
Poor mental health, Layard stated, can reduce life expectancy at the same rate as smoking. And what we term ‘emotional health’ in childhood is singled out as the most important factor in adult wellbeing.
Lord Gus O’Donnell, of the Cabinet Office, said the new approach could ‘revolutionise’ policy-making – but work was needed to turn the report’s findings into practical ideas.