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Appendix D

Table 1 National agencies supported by the National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing

Agency

Key aims

Delivery Method

Funding

Key aim*

Further information

Main agencies

see me

(consortium of agencies)

Reduce stigma and discrimination around mental ill health

National campaigning and national publicity combined with support for local anti-stigma action

Full

3, 4

www.seemescotland.org

Choose Life

(to be part of NHS Health Scotland)

Prevention of suicide

National implementation support team for supporting national and local action on suicide prevention.

Full

2, 4

www.chooselife.net

Breathing Space

(part of NHS 24)

Support people experiencing problems and signpost people to appropriate local services

Free confidential national phone and advice line

Support

2, (3), 4

www.breathingspace.co.uk

Scottish Recovery Network

(consortium of agencies)

Promote and support recovery

Support action on awareness raising, knowledge and understanding, capacity and capability for recovery.

Full

3, 4

www.scottishrecovery.net

HeadsUpScotland

(managed by Scottish Development Centre)

Improve the mental health of children and young people. (as a mainstream issue)

Support to local and national agencies in improving the organisation, planning delivery and capacity around children and young people's mental health. Promotion, prevention and support.

Full

1, 2, (3), 4

www.headsupscotland.co.uk

NHS Health Scotland initiatives

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid

Improve mental health literacy.

Help people recognise the signs of mental health problems and how to respond to and support people experiencing problems

Mental Health First Aid Training course as one part of wider mental health literacy work

Support

1, 2, 4

www.smhfa.com

Healthy Working Lives

Improve mental health in the workplace and increase employment opportunities

Healthy Working Lives Award programme for employers and training support.

Support

All

www.healthyworkinglives.com

National Resource Centre for

Ethnic Minority Health

Improve mental health and improve ability of services.

Provide guidance and support to NHS organisations and their partners in BME mental health

Support

2, 3, 4

http://www.nrcemh.nhsscotland.com

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life

Improve knowledge and capacity to improve mental health in later life

Engaging older people and agency partners to co-produce and support improvements in mental health in later life.

Support

1, 2, 4

Other agencies

Scottish Health Promoting Schools Unit (part of Learning and Teaching Scotland )

Support the development of health promoting schools. Each school to be a health promoting school, including the promotion of mental health

Provides national leadership, coordination and support to achieving health promoting schools through a whole school approach.

Support

1, 2

www.healthpromotingschools.co.uk

Communities Scotland

Community regeneration, improved housing and strong communities.

Provides guidance, support and advice on regeneration, housing and supporting strong communities.

Support

All

www.communitiesscotland.gov.uk

Artfull (Scottish Arts Council)

Develop the arts and the role they play in mental health improvement

Supports capacity, understanding and awareness in the arts around mental health and mental illness.

Support

All

www.artfull.org

Volunteer Development Scotland

Promote the positive mental health impact volunteering can have on individuals, families, communities and society

Increases volunteering opportunities to improve mental wellbeing and improve the lives of people with mental illness

Support

All

www.vds.org.uk

* Key

1 Promoting mental wellbeing for all
2 Preventing mental health problems and illness and preventing suicide
3 Supporting improvements in quality of life, social inclusion, equalities and rights for people experiencing mental health problems/illness
4 Addressing inequalities in mental health and mental illness

Table 2 National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing: Publications 2003 - 2008

Publication

Topic

Key aim *

Link to Publication

Strategies, Action Plan and Frameworks

The National Programme Action Plan 2003-2006

Sets out the main aims and areas of activity for national work and provides a suggested outline for local areas to follow

All

http://www.wellscotland.info/strategies-reviews.html

The National Programme Annual Review 2003-2004

Outline of progress made by the National Programme in its first year

All

http://www.wellscotland.info/strategies-reviews.html

Inequalities and Inclusion

Equal Minds: Addressing Mental Health Inequalities in Scotland (2005)

Addresses key issues and challenges in understanding and addressing inequalities and discrimination in mental health

2, 3, 4

http://www.wellscotland.info/research-papers.html

With Inclusion in Mind (forthcoming)

A support resource document to help improve the social inclusion of those experiencing mental illness

All

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/47102/0027026.pdf

Building Community Wellbeing: An Exploration of Themes and Issues

A report on the mental wellbeing of communities, what this means to communities and influences on mental health and wellbeing within communities

Early Years

Infant Mental Health: A Guide for Practitioners

A support resource to bring about change and improvement in the care that is offered to the early years

http://www.headsupscotland.co.uk/workf.html

Working Lives

With Work in Mind (forthcoming)

A support resource to outline the case and evidence for improving employment opportunities for people experiencing mental illness

2,3, 4

Later Life

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life: Older People's Perceptions (2004)

Identifies and prioritises the key issues that affect mental health and wellbeing in later years

http://www.wellscotland.info/research-papers.html

The Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life Programme 2003-2006 (2006)

Sets out the aims of the Programme (identify and encourage factors which promote healthy ageing and promote services and policies to do this)

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life: Report of a Workshop held at the Stirling Management Centre (2006)

Report of a two-day workshop on addressing the core issues which affect older people's mental health and wellbeing

http://www.wellscotland.info/research-papers.html

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later Life: Report of a regional seminar programme April-May 2004 (2006)

Report of seminars which looked at themes which affect mental health and wellbeing in later life and action that can be taken to improve mental health and wellbeing

http://www.wellscotland.info/research-papers.html

Mental Health Promotion and Prevention in Primary Care and Local Public Services

Promoting Mental Health, Preventing Common Mental Health Problems (forthcoming)

Resource paper for Community Health Partnerships and their local agencies

Developing Social Prescribing and Community Referrals for Mental Health in Scotland (forthcoming)

A resource paper which considers the case for using non-medical interventions (ie community referrals or social prescribing) to improve mental health

* Key

1 Promoting mental wellbeing for all
2 Preventing mental health problems and illness and preventing suicide
3 Supporting improvements in quality of life, social inclusion, equalities and rights for people experiencing mental health problems/illness
4 Addressing inequalities in mental health and mental illness

Table 3 Research and Evaluation Funded by the National Programme for Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing and managed within the Scottish Government DG Health Analytical Services Division 2002 - 2008

Main areas of National Programme activity addressed*

Date work carried out

Main aims of the work

Outputs

Research

Survey

Well? What do you think?

(carried out three times to date)

1 (also 2, 3, 4)

2002

To explore the views and experiences of a representative sample of adults in Scotland in relation to a spectrum of mental health issues, and to compare findings with other relevant survey data.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/cru/resfinds/hcc27.pdf
(2002 summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/46932/0013928.pdf
(2002 full report)

2004

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/35596/0029542.pdf
(2004 summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/35596/0012566.pdf
(2004 full report)

2006-07

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/197508/0052832.pdf
(2006 summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/197512/0052833.pdf
(2006 full report)

Evidence base on the prevention of suicide and suicidal behaviour

Suicide and suicidal behaviour: establishing the territory for a series of research reviews

2 (also 3, 4)

2004

With input from research specialists (nationally and internationally) and an expert group, establish the territory and focus of a series of reviews designed to coordinate the relevant evidence base

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/26350/0029555.pdf
(summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/26350/0012820.pdf
(full report)

The epidemiology of suicide in Scotland: 1990-2004

2 (also 3, 4)

2005-07

To examine temporal trends and risk factors at national and local levels

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/168718/0046869.pdf
(summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/168696/0046868.pdf
(full report)

Effectiveness of interventions to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour: a literature review

2 (also 3, 4)

2005-07

To focus on effectiveness of interventions, both in key risk groups and the general population

Expected to be published late 2007

Risk and protective factors for suicide and suicidal behaviour: a literature review

2 (also 3, 4)

2006-08

To focus on updating the state of current knowledge and a review of the literature to identify factors promoting resilience in different population

Findings are expected to be finalised in January 2008 and the report will be published in spring 2008.

Small Research Projects Initiative First competition

Mental wellbeing and behaviour in schools: promoting links between evidence and practice

1 (also 2)

2005

To improve links between research and practice on mental health issues in schools through a seminar organised to disseminate findings from research

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/130661/0031264.pdf
(summary)

Understanding and promoting student mental health in Scottish Higher Education: a mapping exercise

2 (also 1, 3)

2005-06

To map existing statistics, policy and provision for students with mental health problems and identify ways in which higher education institutions might adopt a more preventative approach

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/156894/0042198.pdf
(summary)

How do community services support wellbeing?

2 (also 1, 3)

2005-06

To explore the experiences and views of people with serious mental health problems, and other community groups, about what keeps them well and ways in which community services can support people's mental health and wellbeing

http://www.vhscotland.org.uk/library/executive/comm_services_support_MH.pdf
(summary)

Implementing a recovery approach in policy and practice: a review of the literature

3

2005-06

To examine the international literature relating to the implementation of recovery-orientated policy and practice

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/130648/0031261.pdf
(summary)

Practitioner-rated usefulness of assessment and intervention tools in relation to looked after children

2 (also 3)

2005

To investigate a new resource bank established by Edinburgh Connect, the mental health team for looked after and accommodated children in Edinburgh

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/130656/0031263.pdf
(summary)

Self-help support groups: a study of their role in recovery from depression

2 (also 3)

2005-06

To map Depression Alliance Scotland groups and seek the views of participants re the value of attending such groups

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/156890/0042197.pdf
(summary)

User perspectives of self-help and community signposting: Borders self-help and toolkit

2 (also 3)

2005-06

To evaluate materials and services developed as part of the 'Doing Well By People With Depression' project

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/130652/0031262.pdf
(summary)

Evaluation of the Thrive service

2 (also 3, 4)

2005-06

To evaluate a counselling and support service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/156882/0042195.pdf
(summary)

Plotting the story of recovery in Edinburgh and Scotland

3

2005-07

To establish the Scottish contribution to a larger international study of recovery

Summary is expected to be published by the end of 2007

Mellow babies: improving outcomes for infants with mothers with post-natal depression

2 (also 1, 4)

2005-07

Trial of an intervention designed to improve symptoms of depression and increase positive interaction between mothers and babies

Summary is expected to be published by the end of 2007

Second competition

Restart for recovery: an evaluation of the Restart employment project

3 (also 4)

2006-07

Qualitative research on the impact of Restart on people's employability, recovery and levels of social inclusion

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/173049/0048274.pdf
(summary)

Exploring trainers' and service providers' knowledge and views of recovery competencies

3 (also 4)

2006-07

To lay the ground for the development of a recovery competencies framework for mental health workers in Scotland

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/173053/0048275.pdf
(summary)

Mental health problems and medically-unexplained physical symptoms in adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

3 (also 4)

2006-07

To establish current research and gaps in research, and assess what further research is needed to help understand these conditions

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/173045/0048273.pdf
(summary)

Raising awareness and promoting positive mental health and mental wellbeing: the role of peer support

1 (also 2, 4)

2006

To examine the delivery of peer support in three secondary schools and explore young people's views about what helps them cope with stress

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/156886/0042196.pdf
(summary)

Young people's views of mental health education in secondary schools

2 (also 1)

2006-07

To establish young people's perceptions of the mental health education they receive, and to make suggestions for improvements

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/173057/0048276.pdf
(summary)

An in-depth qualitative exploration of the links between self-harm and suicide in young people

2 (also 4)

2006-07

To explore the experiences of young people on why and how self-harm becomes suicidal

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/197969/0052908.pdf
(summary)

Pathways to work? Narrative experience of people on health-related benefits

3 (also 4)

2006-07

Narrative experiences of 20 people receiving health-related benefits; their journey into incapacity, barriers encountered and attempts to return to employment.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/197965/0052907.pdf
(summary)

Accessing support: an exploration of the accessibility of the mental health support worker service and other health services for those who experience co-morbid health problems

4 (also 3)

2006-07

Research focusing on people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems and co-existing substance misuse and social problems

Summary is expected to be published by the end of 2007

Third competition

What matters with personal narrative: the core conditions that enhance the use of personal narratives on the individual path to recovery

3

2007-08

To identify the conditions that support and hinder the use of personal narratives

Project will be completed by early 2008 and a project summary will be published

An investigation of the role of school nurses in supporting mental health and wellbeing

1 (also 2, 4)

2007

To scope out the nature of mental health-related activities conducted by nurses in schools in Scotland and challenges they face in adopting a mental health promoting/supporting role in schools

Project will be completed by early 2008 and a project summary will be published

Understanding stigma: young people's experience of mental health stigma

3 (also 4)

2007

To explore young people's experiences of stigma; sources of stigma; coping strategies and suggestions to help prevent and eliminate stigma and discrimination

Project will be completed by early 2008 and a project summary will be published

Making an impact: exploring how to measure the health impacts of working in a social firm

3 (also 4)

2007

To identify possible indicators of health gain by people with mental health problems working for social firms

Project will be completed by early 2008 and a project summary will be published

Evaluations and reviews

Evaluation of the first phase of 'Choose Life': the national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland

2 (also 3, 4)

2004-06

To assess the infrastructure put in place (nationally and locally) to support 'Choose Life;' evaluate progress to date and provide recommendations to guide the next phase of the action plan.

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/147004/0038522.pdf
(summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/146980/0038521.pdf
(full report)

Evaluation of the 'Breathing Space' telephone advice line and signposting service for people experiencing low mood or depression

2 (also 1, 3, 4)

2005-06

To assess the development of the service; evaluate its effectiveness in terms of reach, results and impacts; draw up recommendations for the future development of the service

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/114429/0027946.pdf
(summary)

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/114404/0027945.pdf
(full report)

Evaluation of 'see me …' the national anti-stigma campaign

3 (also 1, 2)

2006-08

To coordinate a detailed account of the development and activities of the campaign; determine the extent to which it has met its strategic objectives to date; make recommendations for the future development of anti-stigma work in Scotland

Findings are expected to be finalised early in 2008 and the report will be published in Spring 2008.

The use and impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ( ASIST) in Scotland: a literature review and evaluation

2

2007-08

To distil lessons that can be learned from previous evaluations of ASIST; appraise its implementation and impact in Scotland to date; provide recommendations on whether and how ASIST should be targeted in future

Findings are expected to be finalised early in 2008 and the report will be published in Spring 2008.

Review of practice and progress in Scotland towards supporting people's recovery from mental health problems

3 (also 1, 4)

2007-08

To explore progress made to date by the Scottish Recovery Network; summarise the focus on recovery in relevant policy initiatives; examine how 'recovery' has been implemented in sample local areas; explore the differing needs of various equalities groups on recovery messages; make recommendations as to ways in which a recovery-based culture can best continue to be embedded in Scotland

The review will be commissioned in Autumn 2007, probably by an external organisation with support from Analytical Services Division

Review of the Small Research Projects Initiative

All

2007-08

To investigate whether the initiative has succeeded in building social research capacity in Scotland; how findings from individual project have been disseminated; impact of findings from individual projects on policy development, implementation, and delivery of services

The review will be carried out internally in Autumn 2007. Findings will be published in 2008

* Key

1 Promoting mental wellbeing for all
2 Preventing mental health problems and illness and preventing suicide
3 Supporting improvements in quality of life, social inclusion, equalities and rights for people experiencing mental health problems/illness
4 Addressing inequalities in mental health and mental illness