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Centre launches briefing sheets for community groups and general practice

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Thu, 21/07/2011

Following the publication of the Government’s mental health strategy, No Health without Mental Health in February 2011, Centre for Mental Health has launched two briefings in conjunction with the Mental Health Strategic Partnership, aimed at general practice and community organisations.

The Mental Health Strategic Partnership, led by the Mental Health Providers Forum, brings together eight national mental health voluntary sector organisations to work with the Department of Health to support effective communication about mental health policy and practice in England. The partnership comprises of the Afyia Trust; Mental Health Foundation; Mental Health Helplines Partnership; Mind; National Survivors User Network; Centre for Mental Health and Rethink Mental Illness.

The two briefings, No Health without Mental Health: a guide for general practice and No Health without Mental Health: a guide for community organisations, explain in practical terms the ways in which general practitioners, community groups and voluntary organisations can improve life chances for people with mental health conditions.

No Health without Mental Health: a guide for general practice [387kB, PDF] outlines the steps that primary care staff can take to ensure that mental health problems are identified early, and that people suffering from mental health problems are given support to stay in work. The briefing also underlines the importance of treating the physical as well as mental health of people with a mental illness.

No Health without Mental Health: a guide for community organisations [387kB, PDF] explains how community groups and voluntary organisations can work together with services to promote good mental health and tackle the inequalities in mental health service provision faced by marginalised and vulnerable groups.