I’m sure we need not remind everyone during Mental Health Awareness Week that at least one in four people experience a mental health problem during their life. Consequently, poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK.

So why is mental health awareness so important? Surely the answer is that awareness is the first step towards prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health. Prevention and promotion seek to help everyone live well for longer.

An important step towards prevention and promotion in mental health is education and training to support people to work towards these goals, and positively impact the health of others.

Public Mental Health Training Resources

Health Education England’s Public Mental Health programme has commissioned Maudsley Learning, part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a project supporting the development and dissemination of mental health promotion and prevention training resources. The following outputs will be delivered by November as part of this work: 

  • An updated training directory including available evidence-based training provision;
  • A quality marker checklist to assess the existing public health training programmes and guide new training development;
  • A gap analysis of available resources with recommendations to address those identified;
  • A communication strategy to disseminate this work.

In the early stages of the work, gathering the experiences and knowledge of those working in mental health, public health, healthcare education, and associated fields is essential. We are particularly keen to hear from trainers, public mental health workers, people with lived experience of mental health conditions, and those with experience of developing training resources.

Can you help?

As such we are requesting your help and involvement in one of 4 ways, hoping that at least one is suitable for you:

  1. Please complete this brief online survey to provide details on any training resources that you are aware of
  2. Register your interest to attend focus groups throughout June & July in either Manchester or London to discuss approaches to public mental health
  3. Please support us by circulating this email and information to your colleagues and networks
  4. Please contact us if you’d like to contribute to the project in any other way

This work relies on support and contributions from dedicated, motivated individuals who are keen to see improved efforts to helping people achieve better mental health. Taking one of these steps will allow us to ensure this project is as effective as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your support. Please watch this space over the coming months as we will be updating on this project’s progress and other ways to be involved.

Maybe there is even space in our calendars for a Mental Health Promotion Week in future…

Chris Attoe

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