We’re off and running….
We identified poor mental health as a barrier to residents thriving across our boroughs in our Case for Change evidence review in 2016 and partners have been looking at the mental health service offer since then. However, there is so much more to preventing mental ill-health and promoting wellbeing than finding help in a crisis. Anxiety and depression can stop people accessing job, cultural and leisure opportunities and more pervasive and enduring mental health conditions can impact on people’s housing situation and their ability to interact positively with friends and family.
So since Nov 18, we have been looking at what is currently being done to address these ‘wider determinant’ issues across the partnership and to propose some things that could be done through collaboration across the partnership.
The interim report and the presentation given to the PSTP board in Feb 19, cover the mapping work we have done and some promising approachs. Next steps for our Promote, Prevent, Recover model are to: influence the local Industrial Strategy currently at consultation (and local Growth Directors charged with its implementation), review best practice in social prescribing and identify opportunities to provide much more recovery capital in local neighbourhoods.
In addition we have joined forces with ChaMPH collaborative to develop a Mental Health Commission across Cheshire and Merseyside. So far we’ve had a scoping meeting, hearing about the Thriving Cities movement endorsed by the mayoral city regions of West Mids , Bristol and London and we intend to develop a manifesto for mental health across the sub-regions of Cheshire and Merseyside.
For further information, contact Andy Mills, Interim PSTP Mental Health Programme Lead