Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

Local Government Association, May 2019

The LGA’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Peer Learning Programme looked at how to prioritise early help and free up acute care for the most vulnerable in order to achieve change; supporting councils and their local partners to learn from each other, and from other councils across the country. Eight councils and their partners took part in two learning days and a visit to another council, gaining further knowledge and understanding on how to tackle their local issue.

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The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: a longitudinal analysis

Institute for Social and Economic Research, May 2019

This research looks at how ethnic minorities in the UK experience harassment and its impact on their lives.  The research finds that one in ten people from ethnic minorities in England have reported experiencing ethnic and racial harassment in a public place, and almost double that number have reported feeling unsafe or avoiding public places.  The report finds that experiencing ethnic and racial harassment can affect mental health and recommends that harassment and discrimination are considered in relation to the provision of mental health services.

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Working well together: evidence and tools to enable co-production in mental health commissioning

Royal College of Psychiatrists, May 2019

This resource was commissioned by NHS England to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the NHS Long Term Plan and the resource provides the evidence and tools to enable coproduction in mental health commissioning.  The document aims to improve local strategic decisions about, and the provision of, current and future mental health services for children, young people, adults and older adults.   The recommendations from this document are aimed at commissioners of mental health services, as well as people who need mental health services, their families, friends and carers, and those who work in mental health care and support.

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Independent evaluation of the Think Ahead programme

Think Ahead, May 2019

The Think Ahead programme is a fast-track graduate scheme, offering graduates and career-changers a new route into mental health social work. This independent report contains an evaluation of the Think Ahead programme.  The findings of the report are mainly positive and the authors call for the programme to continue to be developed and supported.

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