Mental Health and Wellbeing Roundtable Discussion – Tuesday 4th February 2020
The Government’s long term plan of investing in mental health provision has been a welcome for those working in mental health services. However, the lack of investment for many years means that there is still a lot of catching up to do, if mental wellbeing is to be better addressed in the future. However, mental health support does not sit in isolation and the rolling back of other welfare, health and social care services due to austerity also means that the threshold of statutory intervention and support is much higher for children, young people and adults.
The shift to early action and early intervention approaches is part of a strategy to reduce the risk of people spiraling into more complex longer term conditions. Social prescribing is being fully embraced by public health to support an early intervention approach, with the voluntary and community sector particularly seen as a provider. However, its unclear how much evidence there is that this works.
Ben Howells, Chief Executive, Living Well Consortium, Birmingham shared his thoughts and critical view of the changes to mental health services in the West Midlands and in particular Birmingham; what this means for people with mental health needs and the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. A copy of his presentation can be found here.