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Public mental health and wellbeing

Get involved: Health Information Week July 3 - 9th 2017

Health Information Week (HIW) started in 2005 in the West Midlands. In 2017, the campaihn is England-wide. 

HIW aims to encourage partnership working across sectors and benefit all staff and the public by raising awareness of the resources that are available to them. It is a multi-sector approach to promote high quality health information resources and support that are available to healthcare staff, patients and the public.

Public Health England Health Profiles and online health profiles tool

The Health Profiles have been produced annually since 2006, providing a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. The aim of the Health Profiles has been to improve the availability and accessibility of health and health related information whilst helping local government and health services make plans to improve local people's health and reduce health inequalities.

Personal well-being in the UK: local authority update, 2015 to 2016

Latest Statistical bulletin on Personal well-being in the UK: local authority update, 2015 to 2016 published 27 September 2016. 

Every year since 2011, a large sample of UK adults aged 16 and over has answered the following 4 questions from which ONS produces estimates of the mean ratings for all 4 personal well-being questions, as well as their distributions. The 4 personal well-being questions asked are:

5 ways to wellbeing on Southall Radio

Recently, I got the opportunity to talk on a radio station called Southall Radio on a  regular slot called ‘care to share’  . Having had a close friend take part in an interview a week before - I took the opportunity to give our project and the MHFE some airtime.  I chose the topic of 5 ways to wellbeing and it was given in English.

Safeguarding and suicide: A briefing paper for the Further Education and Skills sector

Having a member of staff or learner take their own life is a traumatic experience for peers to have to deal with. When events such as these occur in a close knit community, the repercussions are felt throughout the organisation both in the moment and several months later. Everyone is affected. It is often the first time young people experience the death of someone in their own age group.

Blackpool MH pilot & IAPT services

Initially Blackpool ACFL were working in partnership with the IAPT team, but half way through the joint working the IAPT service purchased a package which enabled them to deliver to large numbers of clients about depression, anxiety etc.  This has impacted on our number of referrals from this route which have decreased considerably.  We do still work with the IAPT service but on a much reduced scale. 

However, due to funding cuts the BACFL service has picked up learners from the Arts for Health service and also the Well-being service as these no longer exist. 

Rights for Life -landmark event on human rights and recovery

I usually tweet events and resources via @MHFEwhatsnew rather than posting them as news, but the Scottish Recovery Network, See Me, and Voices Of Experience landmark national event on human rights and recovery in June this year really does deserve a special news item. Thanks to Susan for sending details to me in the latest SRN eUpdate.

Rights for Life brought people together around human rights, mental health recovery and non-discrimination. It was designed to be solutions-focused, engaging and positive.

Work. Friend or Foe to Health?

Video recording of Professor Dame Carol Black's lecture on 25 February 2015 at part of the Nottingham Trent University Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Lecture abstract:

Libraries as a great resource

Hi, Have you heard about a national initiative that Libraries are doing called 'Books on Prescription'? If not, there is info on readingagency.org.uk/readingwell. This would support any of the Mental Health Community Learning Pilots that are out there. Lisa

Time to Change video: Stand Up Kid

In 2012, Time to Change piloted a special campaign for young people in the West Midlands area, starting with the release of Stand Up Kid, an online film that aims to change attitudes towards mental illness amongst 14-18 year olds.

The film shows teenager Michael coming back to school after being off with depression. Teased by his classmates, he takes a stand against the jokes and tells them what it really means to live with a mental health problem.


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