How cultural alignment and the use of incentives can promote a culture of health

RAND, April 2017

This report discusses how concepts of cultural identity (e.g. ethnicity, religion or sexuality) and organisational culture can be harnessed to create a culture of health and how incentives can be used to promote wellbeing.

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Green space and health

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, October 2016

A range of bodies, including government agencies, have promoted the possible physical and mental health benefits of access to green space. This briefing summarises the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature, and the challenges for urban green spaces.

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Managing mental health in the workplace

Mental Health Foundation, May 2016

This eBook, produced with employee benefits specialist Unum, looks at how to encourage good mental health in the workplace.

It looks at safeguarding staff wellbeing, addressing problems before they become severe, and supporting staff when issues do emerge. It’s not about becoming an expert in mental health – it’s about spotting the signs that something might be wrong. It will signpost the right support and resources and offer suggestions for putting strategies in place to support good mental health.

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Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

Public Health England, February 2016

The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

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Measuring Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People

Public Health England, October 2015

This resource is designed to help local organisations decide how to best gauge the mental wellbeing of children and young people in their areas. It also helps to identify local opportunities to enhance wellbeing, including through community or physical activities, as well as factors that may have a negative impact, such as high crime rates and family breakdown.

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‘Telephone Support’ psychological wellbeing and work feasibility pilot evaluation

Department of Health, September 2015

To improve the employment and health prospects for people with common mental health conditions, RAND Europe recommended the government pilot a number of interventions.  The ‘Telephone Support’ Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot used combined telephone-based psychological and employment related support. This evaluation of the pilot examines the most effective design and delivery mode of the ‘Telephone Support’ intervention.

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‘Group Work’ psychological wellbeing and work feasibility pilot evaluation

Department of Health, September 2015

The ‘Group Work’ Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot is a group-based intervention based on the JOBS II model developed by the University of Michigan. It was jointly commissioned by DWP and the Department of Health. This evaluation examines the most effective design and delivery mode of the ‘Group Work’ intervention.

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