A partnership of leading mental health charities has launched this series of briefings to help develop better local mental health services. Following the publication of the implementation framework for the Government's mental health strategy, these briefings set out the steps that local authorities and NHS commissioning groups can take to improve mental health care, treatment and support.
The briefings explain in practical terms the ways that the new local structures and organisations can make sure that there are good quality mental health services in their local area as well as improving mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the community.
This briefing sets out the crucial role of Local HealthWatch in ensuring that action is taken locally to achieve the strategy's objectives and improve both mental health for all and the quality of support offered to people using mental health services.
This briefing sets out the crucial role Health and Wellbeing Boards can play in improving the mental health of everyone in their communities and in enhancing the support offered to some of the most vulnerable and excluded members of society, to deliver duties enshrined in the Health and Social Care Act and relevant Outcomes Frameworks.
This briefing sets out the crucial role that local Directors of Public Health can play in improving the mental health of everyone in their communities and in tackling some the widest and most entrenched inequalities in health, to deliver duties enshrined in the Health and Social Care Act and Public Health Outcomes Framework.
This briefing looks at the role of members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees. Councillors will frequently engage with people at risk of or experiencing mental health problems through surgeries, casework and community activity. Members of Overview and Scrutiny Committees also have an opportunity to influence the council's strategic approach to mental health.