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									    Mental Health

                    Stuart Hollis

Supporting people who experience
    mental health difficulties
          What is mental health?
    World Health Organisation:
    ‘Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which
     every individual realizes his or her own potential, can
     cope with the normal stresses of life, can work
     productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a
     contribution to her or his community’
    Health Education Authority (1997):
     ‘The emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us
     to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and
     sadness. It is a positive sense of well-being and an
     underlying belief in our sense of our, and others’, dignity
     and worth’
             Some facts and figures

   one in six adults of working age in Great Britain experiences

    symptoms of distress (such as sleeplessness, irritability or worry)

    that do not meet criteria for a diagnosis of a mental health

    condition but which can affect a person’s ability to function


   an additional one in six of the working-age population experiences

    symptoms that because of their nature, severity and duration

    would meet the criteria for clinical diagnosis such as anxiety and/or

   around one in 100 adults of working age have a more severe

    mental health condition such as bipolar disorder or


[Working our way to better mental health -DWP and DoH 2009]
     Impact on individuals and

   There is also a strong association between having
    a mental health condition, financial strain and
    poverty, and people with mental health conditions
    are often concentrated in our most deprived
    communities. The factors which place people at a
    social disadvantage, such as poor educational
    attainment, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness
    or a history of offending also increase vulnerability
    to poor mental health.
Implications for young people

   Having a mental health condition in
    childhood or adolescence can affect future
    life chances including an increased
    likelihood of experiencing being out of work
    or having low earnings. This can lead to a
    long-term cycle of social disadvantage and
    poor mental health.
    [Working our way to better mental health -DWP and DoH 2009]
            Economic costs
   Dame Carol Black’s recent review (1) of the
    health of Britain’s working-age population
    identified that over £100 billion is lost to the
    economy because of working-age ill-health
    and associated sickness absence and

   Of this, we estimate that between £30-40
    billion can be attributed to mental ill-health.
This includes:
 lost production of people who experience
  distress or have a mental health condition
  who are on sickness absence or out-of-work
 lost production of people of working age
  who provide informal care;
 a proportion of NHS healthcare costs used
  to treat people of working age with a mental
  health condition.
  [Black (2008) Working for a Healthier Tomorrow.]
       Importance of learning
   Community‐based education is reported to
    have positive effects on mental health for
    people with mental health difficulties
    (McGivney, 1997, in Aldridge and
    Lavender, 2000).
   Pilot schemes of GPs prescribing education as
    a treatment for patients have been evaluated
    showing that patients who engaged with the
    education as part of their treatment reported a
    range of benefits to their mental health and
    well‐being (James, 2001).
    LSC Mental Health Strategy
   The LSC’s vision is that people who experience
    mental health difficulties should, by accessing
    learning and skills provision, be able to lead active
    and fulfilling lives as part of their communities and
    in education, training and employment, in a way
    that sustains mental well-being.
   The vision must ‘be grounded in collaboration and
    partnership working with key stakeholders,
    including learners who experience mental health
    difficulties themselves, to ensure that they have
    holistic packages of provision that meet their
    learning, skills, employment and mental health
        The vision must ........
   acknowledge that mental well-being is
    fundamental to the achievement of a
    person’s aspirations and recognise that we
    should support the mental well-being of
    allstaff, employees and learners
   seek to understand and tackle, along with
    our partners, the stigma and discrimination
    that prevent many people who experience
    mental health difficulties from achieving
    their goals.
        NIACE/LSC Partnership
Projects for 09/10 include –

   Learner Involvement
   Stimulating Demand
   Enabling declaration
   Back on Track 2
   WBL – Increasing take up
        NIACE/LSC Partnership
   Take 10 people
   Reading for Pleasure
   Mentoring for BME Communities
   Research into Transport Issues
   Mental Health Matters - a toolkit for ITT
   Working Well
       Enabling declaration
 Looking at practice that enables and
  supports learners and staff to declare a
  mental health difficulty
 Because levels of declaration are low –
  amongst both staff and learners and there
  is a concern that without the right support
  people are not achieving their potential.
       Enabling declaration
What are we aiming to achieve?
 To identify and share practice that will
  enable learners to declare mental health
  difficulties, trusting that their needs will be
 To support the development of policies and
  procedures that enable staff to declare
  mental health issues, trusting that their
  needs will be met
         Enabling declaration

   Increase the awareness of the benefits of
    declaring a mental health difficult, enabling
    staff and learners to make an informed
    choice to declare or not.
    Increase levels of declaration by staff and
    learners with mental health difficulties
             Other initiatives
   MHFA – an accredited national programme that
    teaches people how to recognise the symptoms of
    mental health problems, how to provide initial help
    and how to guide a person towards appropriate
    professional help.

   MINDFUL EMPLOYER aims to increase
    awareness of mental ill health and provides
    information and support for employers in the
    recruitment and retention of staff.
              Initiatives contd
   Healthy FE programme aims to improve the health
    of those who study or work in the FE sector. It’s
    about working with FE providers to make the health
    and wellbeing of staff and students an integral part
    of all aspects of life in FE.
   Time to Change is England's most ambitious
    programme to end discrimination faced by people
    who experience mental health problems by
    inspiring people to work together to end the
    discrimination surrounding mental health
What can you do?
           Remember ...........
   Some people with mental health conditions are
    disabled; many are not. Some people do not
    consider themselves to be disabled but
    nonetheless have rights under equality

   Where a person meets the definition of a
    disabled person for the purposes of the
    Disability Discrimination Act36 (DDA), the Act
    provides a vital framework of rights in many
    areas of life. The duties under the DDA include
    the requirement to make reasonable
    adjustments for disabled people.
        Some useful reading!
   Working our way to better mental health –
    DWP and DoH (Dec 2009)
   Working for a Healthier Tomorrow. Black
   LSC Mental Health Strategy – The Way
    Forward (Mar 2009)
   Work, Recovery and Inclusion: Employment
    support for people in contact with secondary
    care mental health services (DoH Dec

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