Last week saw publication of the NHS Planning Guidance 2017–2019. The document is deeply technical in parts, and I’ve read the full 69 pages so that I can provide you with a brief summary of headline elements relating to person centred care and creating the ‘new relationship with people and communities’ set out in the Five Year Forward View
Mental Health Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to ignite a national debate around the importance of supporting good mental health. This year, the theme focusses on the importance of ‘Relationships’ in their many forms. After looking at the global body of evidence, the Mental Health Foundation found striking evidence showing the impact of relationships on our health and wellbeing to be comparable to well established risk factors such as smoking.
Earlier this year we launched the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work?with Nesta, which found evidence that peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. Following up from this, we’ve been publishing a series of peer support case studies highlighting some of the ways in which charities are facilitating peer support, and the benefits peer support can offer for people living with long term health needs.
The last blog in the series of blog posts following World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October is from Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, the mental health charity. In this blog, Paul Farmer talks about the importance of tackling mental health stigma, the launch of the #smallthings campaign and the royal visit to Mind in Harrow.