From Sarah Hughes, Centre for Mental Health <[email protected]>
Subject Telling the story of 2020 and driving change for mental health
Date October 1, 2020 4:14 PM
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Taking stock of the mental health impacts of Covid-19

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** September 2020
Hello from Sarah!
Dear friends,

Today we published our third forecasting briefing on Covid-19 and mental health, which highlights the real need to prepare for rising mental health demand so that people do not find themselves without support when they need it. Our analysis finds that up to 10 million people may need support for their mental health ([link removed]) in the wake of the pandemic. You can also check out my blog ([link removed]) on the topic, exploring what the collective response should be to such concerning figures.

We’re delighted to share the news of some very exciting additions to our team. Poppy Jaman OBE ([link removed]) has joined our Board of Trustees! An internationally respected mental health advocate, it's a real privilege to have her wealth of experience and passion for eradicating mental health inequalities on our board. We’re also delighted to welcome Ramone Whittle as our new Writer in Residence – check out his first piece ([link removed]) here.

Take care,

Covid-19 and the nation's mental health
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Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: October 2020 ([link removed])

Our third forecasting briefing on Covid-19 and mental health uses a model built with NHS colleagues to forecast how many people may need mental health support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The model predicts that up to 10 million people in England will need either new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the crisis. 1.5 million of those will be children and young people under 18.

The Government and the NHS must take steps now to prepare for this additional need among people of all ages.

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Read Sarah's blog exploring the response needed ([link removed])

Chief Economist Nick O'Shea talks to Alethea about the findings of our new briefing and how we deal with the emotional impact of such news
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A Year in Our Lives ([link removed])

We're thrilled to have published the first batch of submissions to our writing project ([link removed]) . Your responses have been really thoughtful, insightful and honest and we're very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to get involved so far.

Have a read ([link removed]) of these fantastic pieces of writing and get inspired to write about your experience during the pandemic. We want to hear from as many people as possible to capture different perspectives, so please share the project with your networks and friends. Find all you need to know about the project here ([link removed]) .
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Centre welcomes new Writer in Residence

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We are delighted to have Ramone Whittle on board as our new Writer in Residence and it's our pleasure to share his first piece with you: Behaviour change and its context ([link removed]) . Ramone explores concepts of identity, purpose and personal change through the lens of mental health, displaying his unmistakable gift for untangling the knots of life's big questions.
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Recovering at work: How businesses can support staff who may be facing trauma ([link removed])

All of us will be affected in different ways by the seismic events of 2020, with some of us more at risk of experiencing mental ill health or trauma. With City Mental Health Alliance we have produced a guide to help employers support their people through the psychological and emotional traumas they may have experienced this year.

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The NHS workforce strategy in context ([link removed])

In order to respond to growing demand in the wake of the pandemic, more mental health practitioners must be recruited. This short briefing explores the recently published interim NHS workforce strategy and highlights the need to invest in recruitment and to protect workforce wellbeing within the NHS.
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Clinical psychology in primary care ([link removed])

Primary care services are most people’s first and most frequent point of contact with the NHS. In this report we look at some services which demonstrate the therapeutic and cost benefits of clinical psychology being offered directly in communities, and make the case for clinical psychology to be more routinely available as a front-line health service.

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Mental health services and Covid-19: Policy briefing ([link removed])

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the lives of people with mental health difficulties and on mental health services. This briefing provides a summary of studies on the experiences of people who access and work in mental health services, and the implications for policymakers.
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IPS Training goes virtual
We have developed a virtual version of our popular “Doing What Works” course which trains Mental Health Employment Specialists on how to help people with serious mental illness find employment and stay in work. This course is delivered virtually across 4 mornings using a mixture of presentation, group work, digital breakout rooms, polls, pre-work and homework.

We are also really excited to have launched two new virtual courses:
* Job Retention ([link removed]) : Helping people stay in their job
* Supporting what works ([link removed]) : Introduction to IPS for non-Employment Specialists - providing information and skills to mental health staff to enable them to support IPS workers

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Turning the tide: how can we meet the rising need for mental health support? ([link removed])
Sarah Hughes reflects on our latest Covid-19 forecast and discusses what the response should look like

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Anxiety and OCD: onset aged 5, treatment aged 55 ([link removed])
David Monk looks back at the early onset of his struggle with anxiety, and shares his thoughts on what is needed to improve the wellbeing of young people

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Punjabi communities, Covid-19 and mental health ([link removed])
Shuranjeet Singh explains how his organisation Taraki has looked beyond reductive labels to explore the pandemic's impact on the mental health of Punjabi communities

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Covid-19 is widening the inequalities faced by autistic people - but this is not inevitable ([link removed])
Georgia Harper looks at the impact Covid-19 and lockdown have had on the mental health of autistic people

* Up to 10 million people in England may need support for their mental health as a result of the pandemic ([link removed])
* Call for evidence: The impact of Covid-19 on maternal mental health ([link removed])
* Centre welcomes Poppy Jaman OBE to its Board of Trustees ([link removed])
* How does racism impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black and Asian LGBT+ people? We want to hear about your experiences ([link removed])
* Clinical psychology in GP surgeries improves care and should be more widely available, says new report ([link removed])

We hope you've enjoyed hearing about our work bringing equality for mental health closer.

We'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions for this newsletter and our digital presence - drop me an email at ** [email protected] (mailto:[email protected] )

Best wishes,

Alethea Joshi
Digital & Communications Lead
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