From left to right - Angela Snowling, assistant director for public health, Slough Borough Council, Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Mental Helath 4 Life project lead, Mark Smith, head of suicide prevention programme manager
A NEW online resource was launched earlier this month to give the public and professionals effective tools to improve mental health as part of a prevention drive.
Delivered by East London NHS Foundation Trust and Careif Mental Health 4 Life is one of the first online resources of its kind to take a life-course approach.
The evidenced-based tool launched at the House of Commons is targeted at all sectors, groups and individuals, from schools, the voluntary sector and councils to emergency and health services and employers.
Divided into 10 modules, with infographics, commissioned films and case studies, the resource allows those who sign up to also self test and dip in and out to suit their needs and lifestyles. Users are able to select an area of interest, target group and their sector. Creators said the aim is to create a Mental Health 4 Life community, which can be connected online and offline to promote better mental health nationally.
Kamaldeep Bhui, professor of Queen Mary University of London, and co-founder of Careif, said: “Mental Health 4 Life provides every citizen and member of the public with an opportunity to promote their own mental health and that of their family, peers and community. As it is a free resource, and is online, it’s accessible to all.
“Mental health is everybody’s business, and preventing mental illness is also everyone’s business. In this context the resource will also help to combat stigma and will show every person that they can be powerful agents to create better mental health in their communities, families and for themselves.”
Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health : “For those of us who work in mental health services, we repeatedly hear stories from our patients of the many missed opportunities for mental health prevention. This is why Mental Health 4 Life is a necessary resource. It contains very accessible facts and figures on public mental health and is written for a wide range of audiences.”
For more information go to www.mentalhealthforlife.org