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Looking ahead: the next 25 years in mental health

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
47p.
Place of publication:
London

In the 25 years since the National Unit for Psychiatric Research and Development was established as a charity in 1985. This paper looks forward at the next 25 years. Leading commentators consider what they think the most important changes will be for people with mental health problems and for the mental wellbeing of society. They also discuss the change that should be made in policy and practice over the next 25 years.

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Doing what works: individual placement and support into employment

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
7p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health has published 'Doing what works: individual placement and support into employment'. This briefing paper states that people with severe mental health problems are much more likely to get and keep jobs if services use the most effective methods of supporting them into employment. It describes the Individual Placement and Support scheme and suggests that it is the most effective approach to enabling people to gain and retain the jobs they want. However, the paper states that it is only effective if all seven of its key principles are in place.

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London's prison mental health services: a review

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
27p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

London’s prisons are facing up to the significant challenges of offering the right support to prisoners with mental health problems.This policy paper shows that seven of London’s eight prisons now have specialist inreach teams for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. But more service improvement is needed before the complex needs of prisoners with mental health problems can be fully addressed. The report makes recommendations for improvement and ways that the primary care trusts and London’s prisons can work together to make more progress.

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Mental health and employment

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
7p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

It is estimated that three in ten employees will experience some kind of mental health problem in any one year. Many people find it difficult to remain in employment and face isolation and discrimination in their workplaces. This briefing paper looks at the barriers to employment for people with common and severe mental health problems and at the positive initiatives that are being undertaken by the public, voluntary and commercial sectors to help them find and sustain work. It highlights the importance of employment as part of the recovery from and prevention of mental health problems.

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Feeling good: promoting children's mental health

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
20p.
Place of publication:
London

These activity sheets provide parents and their children aged 4 to 7 with a unique resource to help them talk about how they feel and what makes them happy or sad, stressed or secure. The sheets include pictures of home and school life designed to show a range of events that happen to young children. Guidance notes help parents use the sheets to help their children explore their emotions and talk about what makes them have different feelings.

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Removing barriers: the facts about mental health and employment

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
7p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This paper looks at barriers to employment for people with mental health problems and at efforts that are being made to support their efforts to find and sustain work. Barriers include: stigma and discrimination; low expectations and a lack of resources; financial disincentives. There is some discussion of government policy and the Pathways to Work scheme. The section on developing new ways of working lists some key ways in which people with mental health problems can be helped to find and retain jobs. These include: re-designing vocational and day services; vocational rehabilitation; the Access to Work Scheme; provision of appropriate primary care. It concludes by looking at employers and the case for developing effective programmes with which to manage mental health at work.

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Mental health care in prisons

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
7p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

The quality of mental health care available in our prisons is frequently poor. This briefing paper provides an overview of the mental health care available in prisons. It examines how mental health problems are identified in prison, how prison inreach teams work, transfers to NHS care, alternatives to prison, and what care is available to prisoners after their release.

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First steps to work: a study at Broadmoor Hospital

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

Experience of real work can help people in Broadmoor to get back their self-esteem and prepare for life in the community. First Steps to Work shows that patients at the special hospital gained in skills and confidence after participating in a business run for and by patients and supported by the First Step Trust. The study concludes that people with mental health problems in even the most secure hospitals and prisons should have the opportunity to do real work. It not only helps them to get ready for life in the community but assists in their recovery from mental ill health by boosting their self-esteem and increases their ability to take responsibility for themselves and others and to work as a member of a team.

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Promoting the public's mental health: a changing mentality: conference report: Tuesday 20th September 2005, Paragon Hotel, Birmingham

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
26p.
Place of publication:
London

The use of emotions and labelling has been shown to encourage people to consider their own feelings and it challenges potential stereotypes which they may hold. It promotes mental health as a fact of life, something common to us all as human beings. It normalises mental health issues and therefore can help to shift attitudes and challenge stigma and discrimination. This juxtaposition of feelings/labels against an image has proven to be effective and engaging with all age groups and it is a treatment that was welcomed by those who have experienced mental health problems as well as those working in mental health and of course the target audience, the general public.

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Mental health promotion: implementing standard one of the national service framework for mental health

Author:
SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
London

Mental health promotion has a wide range of health and social benefits – improved physical health, increased emotional resilience, greater social inclusion and participation, and higher productivity. It can also contribute to health improvement for people living with mental health problems and to challenging discrimination and increasing understanding of mental health issues. The inclusion of this mental health promotion standard has been significant in recognising its relevance and importance. It has also provided an important opportunity for those working locally to invest in mental health promotion and to develop evidence-based programmes for delivery. This briefing looks at some of the challenges presented by Standard One and what mental health promotion can contribute to both the improvement of services and to the broader public health agenda.

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