The report said "worst-case-scenario language" sometimes used by politicians, pressure groups, businesses and public bodies around issues such as knife-crime, MRSA, bird-flu and terrorism can have a detrimental effect on people's wellbeing.
No surprise there then. It's been the government's (especially Jacqui's) favourite justification for anything really shit, like ID cards, CCTV, DNA Database, rules against photographing the Police, etc - the list goes on. Orwell knew what he was talking about with the importance of fear - the 646 should have read their copies of 1984 just so they knew that we knew what they're up to. I wondered if the Mental Health Foundation (who commissioned the report) were instructed to do so in order to further increase the fear culture so we might be just a bit more accepting of the loss of civil liberties, but was suprised to note they were only funded to the tune of £80,000 from the Department of Health and £117,000 from Scottish public bodies (Scottish Executive Health Department and NHS), so not as "fake" as some of the other charities.