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Dr Jonathan Campion

Job title Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist


Jonathan is Director for Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Strategic and Clinical Codirector of the Public Mental Health Implementation Centre at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Cochair of the Public Mental Health Section at the European Psychiatric Association, Chair of the Public Mental Health Special Interest Group at the World Psychiatric Association, Cochair of the Public Mental Health Working Group at the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Public Mental Health Advisor to WHO Europe, and Honorary Professor of Public Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is involved in the development and implementation of local, national and international public mental health strategy.

Jonathan was previously Policy Advisor to the Department of Health (2005-2011) including as evidence lead for public mental health (2008-2011) when he contributed to two cross government mental health strategies, a public mental health strategy and a public health white paper. He represented the Department of Health on a European Union Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (EU 2015, 2016 and 2017).

In order to support implementation of public mental health interventions, Jonathan wrote public mental health commissioning guidance for the RCPsych/RCGP led Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH) which he then worked with regions to implement. He further developed this work by identifying all publically available mental health intelligence and designing appropriate representation. Together with locally provided data, this provided comprehensive assessment of unmet need for treatment of mental disorder, prevention of mental disorder and promotion of mental wellbeing as well as impacts and associated economic savings of improved intervention coverage to support local commissioning and strategic development. This work has provided mental health needs assessments to regions in England covering several million people. In 2019, he published ‘Public Mental Health: Evidence, practice and commissioning’ to further support improved implementation. 

At the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Jonathan is Strategic and Clinical Codirector of their Public Mental Health Implementation Centre. He was lead author of a position statement on public mental health (RCPsych, 2010). Smoking is the single largest cause of preventable death in people with mental disorder and Jonathan contributed to a Joint Royal College of Physicians and Psychiatrists report on smoking and mental health (RCP/RCPsych, 2013), NICE guidance on smoking cessation in secondary care (NICE, 2013), PHE guidance for implementation of smoke-free mental health services (PHE, 2016), and wrote guidance on smoking and mental health for primary care (Campion et al, 2014) and pharmacists (Campion et al, 2017). 

At the World Psychiatric Association, Jonathan supported the public mental health focus of the WPA 2020-23 Action Plan as Chair of the WPA Public Mental Health Working Group. He is supporting the public mental health focus of the WPA 2023-26 Action Plan as Chair of the WPA Public Mental Health Special Interest Group.

Jonathan teaches on public mental health to a range of groups including public health and mental health professionals, trainees, masters students and commissioners. In 2020, he published an online public mental health training module coproduced with the MindEd Consortium and Health Education England which was updated in 2024. He has also run successful public mental health courses.

Jonathan initially worked as a GP when he was struck by the significant mental health component in general practice. He has maintained links with the Royal College of General Practitioners and contributed to various articles including a number of relevant primary care briefings.    

Selected publications

Campion J (2024) Public mental health (update). MindEd e-Learning Programme )469-0001). DH e-Learning for Healthcare; Health Education England

Lamb C, Campion J (2023) Infant and early childhood mental health: the case for action. Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Campion J, Javed A, Saxena S, Udomratn P (2023) Public mental health: The case and required actions. World Social Psychiatry 5(2):92-96 

Campion J, Johnston G, Shiers D, Chew-Graham C (2023) Why should we prioritise smoking cessation for people with mental health conditions? British Journal of General Practice 73(731):251-253 

WHO Regional Office for Europe (2022) Mental health impacts of COVID-19 across the European Region and associated opportunities for action:briefing. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe

Campion J (2022) Public mental health. In: Bhugra D, Moussaoui D, Craig TJ (eds). Oxford Textbook of Social Psychiatry.

Campion J, Javed A (2022) WPA Working Group on Public Mental Health: objectives and recommended actions. World Psychiatry 21(2):330-331.

Campion J, Javed A, Saxena S, Sharan P (2022) Public mental health: An opportunity to address implementation failure. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 64(2):113-116.

Campion J, Javed A, Lund C, Sartorius N, Saxena S, Marmot M, Allan J, Udomratn P (2022) Public mental health: required actions to address implementation failure in the context of COVID-19. Lancet Psychiatry 9(2):169-182.

Campion J, Javed A, Marmot M, Valsraj K (2020) The need for a public mental health approach to COVID-19. World Social Psychiatry 2:77-83.

Campion J (2020) Public mental health briefing on COVID-19. Geneva: World Psychiatric Association.

Campion J, Javed A, Sartorius N, Marmot M (2020) Addressing the public mental health challenge of COVID-19. Lancet Psychiatry 7(8):P657-659.

Campion J (2020) Public mental health. MindEd e-Learning Programme (469-0001). DH e-Learning for Health Education England.

Campion J, Javed A, Vaishnav M, Marmot M (2020) Public mental health and associated opportunities. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 62(1):3-6

Campion J (2019) Public mental health: Evidence, practice and commissioning. Royal Society for Public Health.

Campion J, Taylor JM, McDaid D, Park A-L, Shiers D (2019) Applying economic models to estimate local economic benefits of improved coverage of early interventions for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry 3(6):1424-1430

Campion J (2019) Public mental health. In: Javed A, Fountoulakis K (eds) Advances in Psychiatry. Springer, Cham.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70554-5_31

Campion J (2018) Public mental health. In Handbook of Primary Care Mental Health, 2nd Edition (eds L Gask, T Kendrick, R Peveler, C Chew-Graham). Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Psychiatrists

Campion J (2018) Public mental health – key challenges and opportunities. British Journal of Psychiatry International 15(3): 51-54.

Campion J, Knapp M (2018) The economic case for improved coverage of public mental health interventions. Lancet Psychiatry 5(2):103-105.

Campion J, Hewitt J, Shiers D, Taylor D (2017) Pharmacy guidance on smoking and mental disorder. Royal College of Psychiatrists, National Pharmacy Association & Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Campion J, Coombes C, Bhaduri N (2017) Mental health coverage in needs assessments and associated opportunities. Journal of Public Health 39(4):813-820.

Shiers D, Bradshaw T, Campion J (2015) Health inequalities and psychosis: time for action. British Journal of Psychiatry 207:471-473.

Bhugra D, Campion J, Ventriglio A, Bailey S (2015) The right to mental health and parity. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 57(2):117-121.

Zabeen S, Tsourtsos G, Campion J, Lawn S (2015) Type of unit and population served matters when implementing a smoke-free policy in mental health settings: Perceptions of unit managers across England. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 61(7):700-10.

Campion J, Fitch C (2015) Guidance for the commissioning of public mental health services (update of 2013 version). Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health

Lawn S, Feng Y, Tsourtos G, Campion J (2014) Mental health professionals’ perspectives on the implementation of smoke-free policies in psychiatric units across England. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 61(5):1-10.

Shiers D, Campion J, Jones P, Taylor D (2014) Early intervention in psychosis – keeping the body in mind. Royal College of General Practitioners & Royal College of Psychiatrists. 

Campion J, Shiers D, Britton J, Gilbody S, Bradshaw T (2014) Primary care guidance on smoking and mental disorders – 2014 update. Royal College of General Practitioners & Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Lawn S, Campion J (2013) Achieving smoke-free mental health services: Lessons from the past decade of implementation research. Int J Environ Res Public Health 10:4224-4244.

Campion J, Bhugra D, Bailey S, Marmot M (2013) Inequality and mental disorder: opportunities for action. The Lancet 382:183-184.

Campion J (2013) Public mental health: The local tangibles. The Psychiatrist 37:238-243.

Campion J (2013) Public mental health commissioning guidance: embedding mental health in local public health work. Perspectives in Public Health 133:87.

Campion J (2013) Smoking and mental disorder. Expert paper 7. NICE guidance on smoking cessation acute, maternity and mental health service. NICE.

Campion J, Bhui K, Bhugra D (2012) European Psychiatric Association (EPA) guidance on prevention of mental disorder. European Psychiatry 27:68-80.

Bailey S, Campion J (2012) A child benefit. Public Service Review. European Union. 23.

McManus S, Meltzer H, Campion J (2010) Cigarette smoking and mental health in England. Data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. National Centre for Social Research.

Lawn S, Campion (2010) Factors associated with success of smoke-free initiatives in Australian psychiatric inpatient units. Psychiatric Services 61(3):300-305.

Campion J, Rocco S (2009) Minding the mind: The effects and potential of a school-based meditation programme for mental health promotion. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion 2(1):47-55.

Lawn S, Campion J (2008) Smoke-free initiatives in psychiatric inpatient units: A national survey of Australian sites. Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. ISBN 1 920966 16 1.

Campion J, Checinski K, Nurse J, McNeill A (2008) Smoking by people with mental illness and benefits of smoke-free mental health services. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 14:217-228.

Campion J, Checinski K, Nurse J (2008) Review of smoking cessation treatments for people with mental illness. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 14:208-216.

Campion J, Lawn S, Brownlie A, Hunter E, Gynther B, Pols R (2008) Implementing smoke-free policies in mental health units: Learning from unsuccessful experience. Australasian Psychiatry 16:92-97.

Campion J, Hunter E, Scalicky J (2007) Improving mental health skills of health workers in Indigenous communities in Northern Queensland. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal 31(6):12-15.

Hunter E, Travers H, Gibson J, Campion J (2007) Bridging the triple divide: Performance and innovative multimedia in the service of behavioural health change in remote Indigenous settings. Australasian Psychiatry 15:44-48.

Campion J, Nurse J (2007) A dynamic model of wellbeing. Australasian Psychiatry 15:24-28.

Campion J, Checinski K, McNeill A (2006) Exempting mental health units from smoke-free laws. British Medical Journal 333:407-8.

Email Contact: Jonathan.Campion@slam.nhs.uk

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