Webinar speakers included:
Andy Bell, Deputy CEO at the Centre for Mental Health;
Brian Dow, Deputy CEO at Rethink Mental Illness;
Sean Russell, Director of Implementation for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Radical Prevention, West Midlands Combined Authority;
- Dr Yasmin Akram, Consultant in Public Health, West Midlands Combined Authority.
These experts discussed the issues and offered practical ideas and examples about how we can improve integration of mental health care.
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Experts shared ideas on driving greater mental health integration, click below to read the webinar paper.
Attendees were also able to ask questions to the expert panel, click the image below to read the webinar Q&A.
Extra materials from the speaker panel:
Dr Yasmin Akram from the West Midlands Combined Authority provided some extra information about the ‘Thrive at Work’ programme she has been working on. More information about the programme can be found at http://www.wmca.org.uk/thriveatwork.
Organisations can also register for this free accreditation and awards programme and get recognition for looking after the health and wellbeing of their staff. Yasmin is also involved in the ‘This is Me’ campaign which provides employers with the tools to change culture around mental health and support people to speak up about it. More details can be found at https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/mental-health-commission/this-is-me and new sign ups are always welcomed.
Andy Bell from the Centre for Mental Health sent some useful resources regarding initiatives they’ve been involved in: Equally Well UK is one of three initiatives which began in New Zealand and seeks to promote and support collaborative action to improve physical health among people with a mental illness. It has been set up in the UK by the Centre for Mental Health, Kaleidoscope Health & Care and Rethink Mental Illness. They are working together with support from the Royal College of GPs and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. With support from NHS England, Health Education England, NHS Improvement, Public Health England and many more national and local bodies, they are seeking to bring about sustained change across the country. Everyone is welcome to join their collaborative. More details can be found at https://equallywell.co.uk/. If you are thinking about prevention, Andy suggests this as a helpful starter for you: https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/vision-prevention He also shares the Centre for Mental Health’s briefing on the NHS Long Term Plan: https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/nhs-long-term-plan
Brian Dow from Rethink Mental Illness sent us a document with some useful information about the work they do and how they can help you. Click here to download it.