A framework for mental health research

Department of Health, December 2017

This framework provides a collective view of how mental health research should develop in the UK over the next decade. It sets out a structure to improve co-ordination and strengthen the focus on areas where mental health research is likely to translate into significant health benefit.

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The future of the mental health workforce

Centre for Mental Health, November 2017

This report presents the key findings from a review of:

  • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England;
  • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce;
  • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundtable meetings held across the country in early 2017

Click here to read the full report.

Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers

Department of Work and Pensions, October 2017

Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.

It includes a detailed analysis that explores the significant cost of poor mental health to UK businesses and the economy as a whole. Poor mental health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year, with an annual cost to the UK economy of between £74 billion and £99 billion.

The review quantifies how investing in supporting mental health at work is good for business and productivity. The most important recommendation is that all employers, regardless of size or industry, should adopt 6 ‘mental health core standards’ that lay basic foundations for an approach to workplace mental health. It also details how large employers and the public sector can develop these standards further through a set of ‘mental health enhanced standards’. The review also makes a series of recommendations to government and other bodies.

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Children’s Voices: Children’s mental health care in England

Children’s Commissioner, October 2017

This report sets out the views and experiences of children with mental health needs and provides accounts of children in England aged 17 and under who have experienced mental health illnesses. The report makes recommendations to improve provision and access to children’s services. An accompanying evidence review uses qualitative research to explore the limited awareness of mental health issues in young people, focusing on their perception of mental health.

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Click here to view the evidence review.

Struggling to cope: mental health staff and services under pressure

UNISON, October 2017

This report by UNISON suggests that reduced funding to mental health services across the UK is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed.  The report is the result of a survey of over 1,000 mental health employees across the UK, who work in a range of roles – with children and adults in hospitals, in secure units and out in the community.

Click here to view the report.