To support World Mental Health Day we have released the new Supporting wellbeing remotely: Leaders’ Briefing and brought together Research in Practice learning resources on mental health, wellbeing, equality and human rights.
The COVID-19 pandemic and international events such as the Black Lives Matter movement have had a wide-ranging effect on the health, wellbeing and equality of citizens across the world – highlighting and exposing many inequalities that have an impact on people’s mental health.
The World Federation for Mental Health reports that up to 95% of people in lower incomes are unable to access services that they require and are focusing on mental health in an unequal world.
The following learning resources aim to support mental health, wellbeing, equality and human rights.
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Mental health and wellbeing
Mental health affects people at all stages of their life course and social care, health and education practitioners need a sound understanding of what this means for practice.
The COVID-19 pandemic required a significant proportion of the UK population to work at home for an extended period – while some people found this a positive experience, others struggled to adjust. The new Supporting wellbeing remotely: Leaders’ Briefing provides evidence-informed guidance to help leaders in social care organisations support wellbeing. View the briefing.
The Recovery, work-life balance, wellbeing: how to switch off – Recorded Webinar highlights some strategies to help people develop healthy boundaries between their work and personal life. To support work in this area, the recorded webinar will be open access until 15 October.
Resources to support mental health awareness
- Adverse Childhood Experiences: What they tell us and implications for social care – Podcast
- Defragmenting CAMHS - commissioning the children and young people’s mental health system: Strategic Briefing
- Developing and leading trauma-informed practice: Leaders' Briefing
- Embedding trauma-informed approaches in adult social care: Frontline Briefing
- Experts by Experience at The Bridge Collective: Audio learning resource – Podcast
- Mental Health Act assessments: Brief Guide
- Person-centred approaches to adult mental health: Frontline Briefing
- Person-centred approaches to adult mental health: Podcast
- Positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people: Suggestions for practice
- Pre-birth assessment: Strategic Briefing
- Promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people: Workshop
- Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice
- Section 117 aftercare services and the Mental Health Act 1983
- Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Frontline Briefing
- Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline Briefing
- Working with people who self-neglect: Practice Tool
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Equality and human rights
Structural inequality and discrimination continue to exist in the UK and the issues disproportionately impact people from a range of minoritised groups.
An integral part of social care practice is protection and promotion of the rights of adults, children and families. The Black Lives Matter movement has renewed calls for freedom and justice for Black people and minoritised groups in society following the murder of George Floyd. The recent Supporting practice: Living and working during COVID-19 and beyond podcast considers different groups in society and how they were impacted by the pandemic, with potential longer term effects on their mental health.
Resources to support equality and human rights
- Bridget N’gandu’s presentation on activism at Towards a fairer future – addressing inequality in recovery: Leaders’ Forum 2020
- Child Welfare Inequalities app: Recorded Webinar
- Embedding human rights in adult social care: Frontline Briefing
- Exploring power and difference in adult social care: Recorded Webinar
- From the individual to the social: Building back fairer - Video
- Human Rights in adult social care during COVID-19 (part 1)
- Human Rights in adult social care during COVID-19 (part 2)
- Inequalities in the Social Gradient - Video
- Neglect in the context of poverty and austerity: Frontline Briefing
- Poverty-aware practice with children and families: Podcast
- Promoting anti-racism in social work: Video
- Racism, intersectionality, privilege, power, fragility and allyship: Podcast
- Responding to Black Lives Matter at Children & families Link Officers’ Annual Meeting 2020: Leading virtual learning and development
- Supporting practice: Living and working during COVID-19 and beyond: Podcast
- Towards a fairer future – addressing inequality in recovery: Leaders’ Forum 2020