Starting Today: The Future Of Mental Health Services – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 23 September 2013

Posted on September 24, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Starting Today: The Future Of Mental Health Services – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 23 September 2013

News release: Mental health services must act to avoid sleepwalking into the future

“Today we are publishing the final report from our year-long Inquiry into the future of mental health services. The report, ‘Starting Today’, sets out some key messages as to what mental health services need to do in order to ensure that they are ready to address the mental health needs of the UK population in 20-30 years’ time.

Mental health services are currently straining at the seams. Yet they face even greater pressures in the future, including a growing, and ageing, population; persistently high prevalence rates of mental disorders among adults and children; increasing levels of co-morbid mental and physical health problems; and funding constraints that are likely to last for many years.”

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Crossing Boundaries – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – September 2013

Posted on September 6, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , |

Crossing Boundaries – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – September 2013

“This report sets out the findings from the Mental Health Foundation’s Inquiry into integrated health care for people with mental health problems. The Inquiry ran from April 2012 to June 2013. Its aim was to identify good practice, generate discussion, and draw up key messages on integrated healthcare for people with mental health problems.”

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Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics – Mental Health Foundation – 27 September 2012

Posted on October 5, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics – Mental Health Foundation – 27 September 2012

“Organisations delivering or planning to deliver peer support for people with long term conditions will be able to find out more about its benefits and good practice thanks to a new guidance by the Mental Health Foundation Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics.

The guidance was generated following a research project undertaken from 2010 to 2011. The research found that peer support activity for people with long term conditions across Scotland had a positive impact on people’s emotional and physical health but that access to such services was inconsistent. Support services also reported some challenges to integrate with statutory services and felt they often lacked credibility in the eyes of potential referrers including clinicians and beneficiaries.”

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Doing good? Altruism and wellbeing in an age of austerity – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 21 May 2012

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: |

Doing good? Altruism and wellbeing in an age of austerity – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – 21 May 2012

More than three quarters of people think society has become more selfish

“New report from the Mental Health Foundation highlights how helping others is good for people’s mental health and wellbeing.

76% of people feel that others in society are more selfish and materialistic than they were ten years ago
67% think that people are less likely to go out of their way to be kind to a stranger compared to ten years ago
Charity highlights the evidence-base behind how helping others improves our own mental wellbeing and calls for people to carry out more acts of kindness

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (21 – 27 May), UK charity the Mental Health Foundation, has today published its Doing Good? report. The report highlights the impact that helping others has on people’s mental health and wellbeing, following a public attitude survey which showed that people believe society has become more selfish.

The UK faces challenging and unstable times with volatile economic markets and job uncertainty. Many people say they feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others or say they will focus on doing good deeds when they have more ‘spare time’ but the evidence shows that helping others is beneficial for people’s mental health and wellbeing. It can help us:

reduce stress
improve emotional wellbeing
benefit physical health
achieve a sense of belonging and reduce isolation
live longer
get rid of negative feelings.”

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Need 2 Know: Measuring Wellbeing – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – March 2011

Posted on April 19, 2011. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , |

Need 2 Know: Measuring Wellbeing – Mental Health Foundation [UK] – March 2011

“This briefing provides a basic ‘need to know’ introduction to measuring wellbeing. It looks at various definitions of wellbeing, summarises previous work on measuring wellbeing across the UK, and sets out the potential benefits of creating authoritative wellbeing indicators.

There is a wealth of evidence that positive wellbeing influences a wide range of outcomes for individuals and communities, including better physical and mental health, higher educational attainment and more social cohesion. There is also an increasingly strong body of evidence that in order to increase levels of societal and individual wellbeing, there needs to be a reduction in socio-economic inequalities.

This briefing describes the Coalition Government’s proposals to measure success in the UK not solely in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but in terms of overall ‘national wellbeing’ and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) consultation process on how this might be measured.”

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