No Health Without Mental Health: Why mental health is all of our business
by Brendon Stubbs
20 November 2019
Our annual lecture 2019 explored the links between MSK and mental health, the implications for how we commission and design services and how we work with individual patients. Everyone has a role to play because mental health is all of our business. Brendon Stubbs is Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust and NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
Depression and anxiety are common comorbidities amongst people with MSK conditions. There is a complex interrelationship, with MSK conditions causing anxiety and depression, whilst depression and anxiety make pain feel worse. Pain, mental health and disability are strongly linked, so not recognising or treating one can impact the others greatly.