** July 2019
Hello from Sarah!
As you'll all know, we now have a new prime minister - see my video message ([link removed]) to Boris Johnson here, and take a look at our manifesto ([link removed]) prepared with the Mental Health Policy Group earlier this month. We are keen to make sure we do not see a roll back on the focus on mental health, we urge our friends to continue to hold their local councillors and MPs to account.
We have also published an important report about commissioning the voluntary sector ([link removed]) with our friends at the Association of Mental Health Providers. We're advocating for a much more inclusive system that recognises the incredible work local organisations are doing for communities every day.
Finally, is your organisation an Equally Well signatory? If not, please do have a look at the campaign's work ([link removed]) - reducing the mortality gap for people with serious mental illness is everyone’s business.
Have a good summer all, stay safe.
Arm in arm
The relationships between statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations
Voluntary and community organisations provide essential support for people’s mental health that complements what statutory services can offer, but financial pressures are putting them under severe strain, according to our recent preliminary research on behalf of Association of Mental Health Providers. We highlighted that voluntary and community organisations face numerous barriers including reductions in local government funding, short-term and ‘more for less’ contracts, unpredictable and delayed decision-making, and the unintended consequences of national policies.
Download the report here ([link removed])
Towards Mental Health Equality
The Mental Health Policy Group’s manifesto for the new Prime Minister
Centre for Mental Health is a member of the Mental Health Policy Group, a group of six organisations working together for better mental health policy in England. Prior to the new Prime Minister being announced, as a group we published a manifesto for the next Prime Minister. The document sets out our shared priorities for what we hope the new Prime Minister will do to bring equality for mental health closer.
Download the report here ([link removed])
Sarah's message to the new Prime Minister
We don’t need another ‘hero’: Building mentally healthy LGBT+ leaders ([link removed])
Jim McManus looks at the concept of 'bringing your whole self to work' and how we can apply this to supporting LGBT+ leaders
Standing on their shoulders: supporting the mental health of the Stonewall generation, 50 years on ([link removed])
David Woodhead reflects on how we can support the mental health of older LGBT+ people
Mental health and travel ([link removed])
People with mental health difficulties deserve fair access to public transport, but current conditions in the system can make it too difficult for some to access, finds Roger Mackett
How can we be happy online? ([link removed])
Louise Theodosiou and Bernadka Dubicka explore the opportunities technology provides to support wellbeing and how we can support young people to be happy online
Could you help us?
We're seeking evidence from people and organisations to share their knowledge, experience and understanding of mental health inequalities. We would like to hear about inequalities of all kinds in mental health: what causes them, what can prevent or mitigate them, and what would help to support action to reduce mental health inequality.
Help us reduce and eliminate mental health inequalities: learn more about the call for evidence ([link removed]) .
We're seeking people with a passion to drive change in mental health to join our team.
We are curently recruiting an
Associate Director of Business Development ([link removed]) , Digital Assistant ([link removed]) , Finance Assistant ([link removed]) and a Researcher (Quantitative Skills) ([link removed]) . Take a look at all the jobs ([link removed]) or share this email with someone who might be interested!
Have you been successful in receiving Wave 2 funding for IPS services? Our accredited 'Doing what works' training course is coming to Birmingham this September! We teach Employment Specialists how to embed the 8 principles of IPS into their everyday work to run a successful service.
Come along to our course on the
25 & 26 Sept in Birmingham ([link removed]) or check out available courses in London here ([link removed]) .
News and events
* Testing the benefits of Mental Health First Aid England training ([link removed])
* Schools need more support to make a positive impact: response to Mind survey ([link removed])
* Government prevention plans must go much further to promote and protect health for the future, says Centre for Mental Health ([link removed])
* Voluntary and community bodies have key roles in mental health support but face major financial pressures, new report finds ([link removed])
We hope you've enjoyed hearing about our work bringing equality for mental health closer.
Our mailing address is:
Centre for Mental Health
Office 2D21, Southbank Technopark
90 London Road
London, SE1 6LN
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