Safe, sustainable and productive staffing: an improvement resource for mental health

NHS Improvement, May 2018

A resource to help commissioners and providers of NHS-commissioned services create, review and sustain, safe and effective specialist mental health services. It aims to make the link between the decisions on staffing that boards and clinical teams take and the needs of people who use mental health services. It is practical and pulls together existing guidance and approaches used to help make staffing decisions.

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Stress: are we coping?

The Mental Health Foundation, May 2018

This report looks at the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications. It also focuses on what we can do to manage and reduce stress and our recommendations for the government in creating a stress-free UK.  While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.  The survey underpinning this report found almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

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An Evaluation of the Standing Together Project

Mental Health Foundation, May 2018

The Standing Together project sought investigate the impact of peer-support groups on the health and wellbeing of older people. This report outlines the results of the project evaluation and it finds evidence to suggest that peer-support groups can help to increase social connectedness among older people, thus improving their quality of life.

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Integrating Mental Health And Social Care: Does It Work In Practice?

Centre for Mental Health, May 2018

This briefing looks at the integration of mental health and social care, the benefits behind this and the challenges faced on the ground. It argues that the current pressures on both the health and care systems can conceal the day-to-day challenges of living with mental health problems, the distress of families and friends, and the struggle to stay well in their community.

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Alcohol and mental health: policy and practice in England

Centre for Mental Health, April 2018

This report highlights that people who have difficulties with alcohol and mental health are still not getting the help and support they need. It is based on a survey and seminar session held with professionals working in mental health and/or alcohol services across the country. It finds that co-morbidity is a barrier to treatment, and support for people with co-occurring alcohol and mental health problems is too often poor and fragmented.

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