While the prevalence of mental health problems in the UK is increasingly acknowledged, the role which relationship difficulties can play is under-acknowledged. And yet, according to a study of 5,000 adults published recently (Teo, 2013), lack of support – especially in couple relationships – is a risk factor for developing depression later, with one in seven adults with the lowest-quality relationships developing depression. In order to address this issue, this meeting of the APPG looked at the links between couple relationship quality and mental health (and, in particular, depression).
APPG for Supporting Couple Relationships and Reducing Inter-parental Conflict
This meeting focused on supporting couple relationships in older age, a neglected area of social policy and practice which is of great importance not only for improving older people’s social connectedness and well-being but also on account of the impact on wider society of relationship breakdown in older age.
The APPG focused on the links between relationships and public Health, and in particular on the links between relationship quality and public health and why relationships need to be seen as a fundamental part of the public health agenda.