Local councils can support recovery and improve mental health and wellbeing for everyone, say Centre for Mental Health and NHS Confederation Mental Health Network

24 October 2012

Local councils and the new Health and Wellbeing Boards can support the commissioning of recovery-oriented services, as well as promoting good mental health and wellbeing in communities, according to a briefing paper released today by Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network.

The paper outlines the ways in which Health and Wellbeing Boards can influence commissioning to promote and protect mental wellbeing and support recovery and is the third in a series of briefings that are being produced by the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) project.

Andy Bell, deputy chief executive at Centre for Mental Health said: "Health and Wellbeing Boards have the potential to create communities that can help someone to build a life beyond illness, improve the lives of people with mental health conditions and reduce inequalities in the services people use and in the places people live and work."

The paper sets out the steps that health care providers, those using or working in mental health services, voluntary groups, commissioners of services, Health and Wellbeing Boards, and those working in public health can take to support recovery.

Paddy Cooney, Director of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network said: "The public health emphasis on mental health and wellbeing is prompting creative thinking about what supports recovery where people live. By working with mental health service providers and local systems, such as employers, schools, criminal justice services and housing providers, Health and Wellbeing Boards can help communities create a 'mentally healthy' culture."

Jed Boardman, Co-author, member of the ImROC Team and Consultant Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The lack of opportunity to participate in your community is a barrier to recovery from mental ill-health. Social inclusion is important for the recovery of people who have mental health problems.

"New developments in public mental health can improve these opportunities by placing mental health and recovery at the heart of the commissioning process. This would enable individuals to be part of, and contribute to, our communities."

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Recovery, public mental health and wellbeing

Recovery, public mental health and wellbeing

Recovery and recovery-oriented practice have the potential to transform mental health services, but we also need to look beyond what those services provide and examine the whole range of resources and opportunities that can support quality of life for people with mental health problems.

This paper outlines how public mental health and the growing 'wellbeing' movement can contribute to one of the key challenges for recovery: increasing opportunities for building a life beyond illness.

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