On Tuesday I went up to parliament (to the Moses Room) to attend the launch event for the APPG on Well-being Economics. The report is the result of a year-long inquiry exploring how well-being evidence can be translated into policy in four diverse areas: labour markets, planning and transport, mindfulness in health and education, and arts and culture. Some inspiring discussion and I’m excited that politicians are embracing the concept of measuring well-being in more ‘human’ ways other than just tracking the GDP and economic growth. The report suggests that training new medical and teaching staff in mindfulness techniques would embed a culture of well-being in health and education, with a focus on addressing mental health issues, which cost the UK economy an estimated £70bn annually.
Sadly no depiction of ‘Moses and the burning bush’ in amongst the biblical paintings at the venue and I do hope chronic sexual pain and sexual health will not be absent from the report’s remit if and when it is actioned. Sexual well-being is key to physical and mental health and deserves to be a central area of focus as it is a core part of our identity…and there are 3.2 million UK women with ‘burning bushes’ (as a result of vulvodynia) who may also benefit from this approach to healthcare! As a Women4Real initiative we are now using mindfulness techniques to help women manage chronic sexual pain and are developing an Attentional Shift Training programme which we believe will be an even more effective way of helping women manage sexual health issues.