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Guernsey Mind. Guernsey Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Emily Litten – Guernsey Mind. What is the strategy.

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guernsey mind

Guernsey Mind

Guernsey Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Emily Litten – Guernsey Mind

what is the strategy
What is the strategy
  • An agreement for inter agency working throughout the States to improve wellbeing across the whole community and promote a model of prevention, early intervention, resilience and social inclusion.
  • A belief that, when people do need to use services, they are treated with respect, and with a focus on recovery and effective rehabilitation.
interagency working
Interagency working
  • All States Departments will work to promote mental health where possible
  • Mental health will be included in all new States strategies
  • Support will be consistent and focus on recognising symptoms, understanding the impact of mental health on an individual and ensuring appropriate help is available
recovery and rehabilitation
Recovery and rehabilitation

All States Departments will act to promote positive wellbeing through a variety of options:

Self-care and independence where appropriate

Education and training

Advice and information

Support available in a variety of settings

A selection of services and a focus on choice

main objectives
Main objectives
  • Young people are starting, growing and developing well
  • People are living well
  • People are working well
  • People are ageing well
  • Tackling stigma and discrimination
  • Inherent in criminal justice system
  • Appropriate pharmaceutical practices
  • Carers are supported
growing and developing well 1
Growing and Developing Well (1)
  • Improving parenting skills and support for family life
  • Raise the importance of emotional development in children, with more multi-agency awareness
  • Raise awareness in parents of importance of play, home learning, family meals etc.
  • Improve inter-agency working
growing and developing well 2
Growing and Developing Well (2)
  • Determine the accessibility, acceptability and effectiveness of services that are currently available
  • Reduce adverse experience such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, neglect
  • Address a concern that young people are leaving school without the necessary emotional maturity for employment
living well
Living Well

Provide more information for people as they live their lives

Evaluate the benefits of primary care mental health and wellbeing pilot scheme

Provide access to advice and support in non-stigmatising settings

working well 1
Working Well (1)

Promote the benefits of a healthy workplace

Provide opportunities for employers to improve knowledge and understanding that will break down stigma and provide a wider scope for supported employment

Identify opportunities to present a positive view of people who have mental health problems

working well 2
Working Well (2)

Encourage the States to promote mental wellbeing as an exemplary employer

Providing targeted support to people in long term unemployment

Maintaining an open dialogue with employers

Identifying ‘workplace champions’ for mental wellbeing

ageing well 1
Ageing Well (1)
  • Improving knowledge & understanding of Dementia
  • Promoting factors that maintain good health in older people
  • Providing access to assessment diagnosis and care planning
  • Expanding community services to enable more people to remain in independent living for longer
ageing well 2
Ageing Well (2)
  • Establishing inter-agency work to provide access to leisure, exercise volunteering and social activities for older people
  • Considering the development of locality-focused integrated support teams
  • Engaging with clinical staff to explore the development of ‘ageless’ services where appropriate
tackling stigma and discrimination
Tackling stigma and discrimination

Engaging with the media to provide ‘positive messages’ about mental health

Improving knowledge and understanding in the general public

Using World Mental Health Day (October 10) as an opportunity to engage with the public

The identification of a high profile Guernsey ‘champion’