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Mental health, wellbeing, equality and human rights

Published: 10/10/2021

Author: Research in Practice

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 Comms

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

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Equality and human rights

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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