Coping through Football: evaluation report 2018

Centre for Mental Health, September 2018

Does the ‘Coping Through Football’ programme deliver benefits to the physical and mental health of people living with mental health difficulties? Coping Through Football was founded by London Playing Fields Foundation, who started the initiative in 2005 in collaboration with North East London Foundation Trust and Leyton Orient Trust. It was conceived in response to the fact that the biggest cause of death of 20-49 year old men was suicide and that given that community mental health services were stretched to the limit, there was an over reliance on medication as a treatment. The report finds that for two out of three participants (39% of whom have schizophrenia) there was a positive change in lifestyle choices around healthy eating and smoking. 54% of participants went on to volunteering, education and training or employment. The report also records that there was a 12% reduction in the number of overnight hospital stays for those who were involved in the project. The report that the Coping Through Football programme is a low-cost intervention in the mental health sector. The cost of one person attending the programme every week for a year was £1,700, which is equivalent to four days in a mental health inpatient bed, or five A&E attendances. Our analysis also highlighted that “the annual cost of Coping Through Football for one year is the equivalent of the costs of schizophrenia to society for just over one person.

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Suicide prevention and peer support in the armed forces: Looking after your team

Ministry of Defence, September 2018

This guide gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties, ways of offering support and information on where help can be found. It builds on the range of support already available to service personnel who are struggling with their mental health, including access to specialist mental health medical care, training and education on good mental fitness and the Combat Stress 24-hour Mental Health Helpline.

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Making The Difference: Breaking the link between school exclusion and social exclusion: 60-second Summary

Institute for Public Policy Research, August 2018

Institute for Public Policy Research, report that notes excluded children are the most vulnerable: twice as likely to be in the care of the state, four times more likely to have grown up in poverty, seven times more likely to have a special educational need and 10 times more likely to suffer recognised mental health problems. Yet our education system is profoundly ill-equipped to break a cycle of disadvantage for these young people.  A new programme should be established, committed to delivering the best in education to the most vulnerable children. Run by a dedicated education charity, leaders graduating from this new programme – The Difference – would be a catalyst for change throughout the education system.

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Getting on… with life: Baby boomers, mental health and ageing well

Mental Health Foundation, August 2018

This report from the Mental Health Foundation addresses the later life of the Baby Boomer generation, paying special attention to what must be done to safeguard their mental health. This summary gives an overview of the report’s key areas:

  • health and wellbeing,
  • family and relationships, and
  • work, occupation,
  • retirement and financial security.

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Women In Crisis: How Women And Girls Are Being Failed By The Mental Health Act

Agenda, August 2018

Agenda report establishing growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women and girls’ wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experiences of trauma. This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report.

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An evaluation of the Mersey Care Professional Advice Area

Liverpool John Moores University Public Health Institute, August 2018

In April 2015, Mersey Care obtained funding for one year to set up an Enterprise and Employment (EE) Hub. This hub aimed to help service users on their path to employment and to help link up Mersey Care services with local employment support services and recruiting businesses. After funding ended in April 2016, the EE-Hub was subsumed into the Professional Advice Area (PAA), which relocated to its permanent base in the Life Rooms, Walton in May 2016. On the whole, the aims and activities of the service have remained the same: Mersey Care’s PAA aims to help people improve their personal development skills and gain meaningful employment. Although predominantly created for Mersey Care service users, the service also accepts GP and any self-referrals from individuals residing within the Mersey Care footprint. Activities delivered at the PAA encompass a range of employability and personal development courses. These include: housing advice, CV writing, interview practice, business set up, self-employment start up, pathways advice and employability skills training.

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