** May 2021
Hello from Sarah!
Today we published our latest forecast ([link removed]) of Covid-19’s impact on the nation’s mental health. It’s a deeply concerning picture, which confirms our prediction that some 10 million people in England will need mental health support as a direct result of the pandemic. It also sheds more light on the groups who are most likely to need support, including carers and people who have been hospitalised or bereaved as a result of Covid-19.
Our analysis shows that the number of people who will need mental health support is three times higher than the current capacity of mental health services in England. So it is absolutely paramount that the Government and NHS take urgent action now to meet the very steep increase in demand for mental health support. Please join us in this call by sharing our work ([link removed]) across your own networks!
As restrictions continue to ease, we hope you are keeping well and enjoying some glimpses of normality.
Covid-19 and the nation's mental health ([link removed])
Our new model confirms our forecast that some ten million people in England will need mental health support as a result of the pandemic, and identifies the key groups of people most at risk of having a mental health difficulty.
The predicted levels of demand are two to three times that of current NHS mental health capacity. The Government and the NHS must take action now to meet this steep increase in demand and develop services to meet the specific needs arising from the pandemic.
Download the report here ([link removed])
Podcast: Andy Bell 'the power of applying research to real life' ([link removed])
Alethea is joined by the Centre's deputy chief exec, Andy Bell, to reflect on some of our recent work and the power of applying research to real life, from the changes he's seen in policy and services over many years at the Centre, to our campaign for equality in mental health.
Listen on Spotify ([link removed]) | ([link removed]) Listen on Apple podcasts ([link removed]) | Full transcript ([link removed])
Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month ([link removed])
The term borderline personality disorder is not one that we like or choose, but it is one that is recognised clinically. The stigma that exists around this diagnosis means that too many people don’t get the support they need. We’ve brought together a range of information and resources to raise awareness and call for better understanding and support.
Take a look at our list of resources ([link removed])
A Year in Our Lives ([link removed])
We've now published the final tranche of stories and poems submitted to our A Year in Our Lives project. Thanks again so much to everyone who contributed to our collective archive of life during the pandemic. Be sure to check out these amazing pieces of writing ([link removed]) !
Explore the archive ([link removed])
Join our team! ([link removed])
We're looking for an Internal Business Administrator for a paid 6-12 month work placement at the Centre. This is an exciting opportunity to kickstart a career in the mental health sector and build valuable skills in everything that keeps our organisation running smoothly. To apply you must be under 25, currently unemployed and claiming Universal Credit.
Could this be you?
Find out more and apply ([link removed])
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IPS Training ([link removed])
We have now issued places to those who were successful in applying to this year's HEE commissioned Team Leader Training course. If you missed out on a place this round you may be interested in booking one on Leading for Excellence: Training for IPS Supervisors ([link removed]) . Aimed at new IPS Supervisors and Team Leaders, this course will help you manage and develop IPS services. See upcoming dates and book your place ([link removed]) .
Our next “Doing What Works ([link removed]) ” course for new Employment Specialists is running in July - book your place ([link removed]) .
IPS in a time of pandemic ([link removed])
The pandemic has created a new wave of insecure employment. Jan reflects on why IPS services are more important than ever in order to support people with mental health difficulties who are looking for work.
* Promoting fair access to the Covid-19 vaccination for people with severe mental illness ([link removed])
* Covid-19 will cast five-year shadow over nation’s mental health ([link removed]) , warns new Centre for Mental Health analysis
* Queen's Speech offers mixed picture for public's mental health ([link removed]) , says Centre for Mental Health
* Working together to ensure young people from racialised communities can access appropriate mental health support ([link removed])
* Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month ([link removed])
* Our response to the Mental Health Act white paper ([link removed])
We hope you've enjoyed hearing about our work bringing equality for mental health closer.
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Centre for Mental Health
Office 2D21, Southbank Technopark
90 London Road
London, SE1 6LN
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