A sense of safety: Trauma- informed approaches for women

Centre for Mental Health | December 2019 | All public services should be trauma-informed to better support women, says new report

A new report from the Centre for Mental Health argues that all public services should be trauma-informed to better support women. The report A sense of safety: Trauma-informed approaches for women   explores how trauma-informed approaches are being implemented by a range of public services, including mental health services, women’s centres and women’s prisons. It finds that of the services looked at, those taking a holistic approach to supporting women’s needs were best able to make the change to becoming trauma-informed. But, in many organisations it is a long-term process that means changing longstanding ways of working. In others it is made difficult by the environment they are working in or by funding constraints. For many services, short-term and fragile funding, based on targets of volume of service delivery instead of outcomes and quality of the service limited their ability to be innovative and adapt to a truly trauma-informed approach (Source: Centre for Mental Health)  



Trauma-informed approaches for women

Royal College of Psychiatrists: Integrated care and mental health

Royal College of Psychiatrists | December  2019 | Integrated care and mental health  

A new guide from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, this guide aims to understand the priorities and lessons for improving mental health services in established and emerging ICSs and makes recommendations that reflect the opportunities and challenges for areas in doing so.  

Full details from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Improving mental health services in systems of integrated and accountable care:
emerging lessons and priorities Executive summary

Improving mental health services

Improving mental health services in systems of integrated and accountable care: emerging lessons and priorities | The Royal College of Psychiatrists

This report aims to better understand the priorities and lessons for improving mental health services in established and emerging Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and makes recommendations that reflect the opportunities and challenges in doing so. It is recognised that further lessons and priorities will emerge as more ICSs are established across the country.

Preventing mental health problems in children and young people

As part of the Mental Health Foundation’s 70th anniversary, three reports have been commissioned, each looking at a different stage in life and the key things that both challenge and support mental health at these stages. This is the first of these three reports, and focuses on children and young people. It is intended both as a review of the recent evidence, and as a guide to anyone wishing to gain a rapid understanding of a preventative approach to mental health.

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Mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression, can happen at any age. However, childhood and young adulthood represents a particularly important time for development and mental health. By understanding the things that can challenge good mental health, as well as the things that can protect and promote it, we can introduce policies and services that support children and young people to reach their full potential, preventing mental health difficulties from progressing to the point where it becomes difficult to cope.


Based on the research and the suggestions of our Youth Advisory Panel, to support good mental health and prevent the development of mental health problems, we should:

  1. Provide resources to parents and caregivers (parenting programmes, education, employment and housing resources) that help them to be consistent sources of support for their children.
  2. Ensure that as part of their education, children are equipped with the skills they need to understand, talk about and manage challenging feelings.
  3. Embed the teaching of skills that support good mental health into the curriculum and into youth work and other young-person focused organisations.
  4. Ensure that effective early support is available for young people’s mental health that considers young people’s views on what makes that support acceptable and accessible.
  5. Enable community leaders to bridge the gap between communities and local government and make sure people have a choice and a voice in deciding what their area needs to support good mental health.

Full detail at Mental Health Foundation

Full report: State of a generation: Preventing mental health problems in children and young people

Mental Health Foundation Strategy 2020-2025

This strategy provides a vision of a society which puts mental health at its heart which if heeded, would see a sustained reduction in levels and severity of mental ill health and better mental health for all | Mental Health Foundation

MHF strategy
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This publication suggests that prevention of poor mental health is not only possible, but urgently needed. The strategy affirms the Mental Health Foundation’s commitment to making prevention happen, so that people across the UK can live mentally healthier lives.


The strategy is focusing on three key areas:

1. Impact

The Mental Health Foundation will systematically consider how to scale ideas informed by evidence, and will build partnerships and alliances that increase the impact and reach of their work.

2. Influence

The Foundation will harness evidence and the voice of lived experience to advocate for preventive approaches and create campaigns which tackle the root causes of poor mental health.

3. Integrity

The Foundation will continue to build a strong organisation that lives its values – that is open, kind, outward-looking and sustainable.

Full document: Mental Health Foundation Strategy 2020-2025: Making Prevention Happen

Prevention and mental health paper

Mental Health Foundation | November  2019 | Prevention and mental health paper

The Mental Health Foundation has published Prevention and mental health paper,  a resource for policymakers, health professionals, mental health advocates and their families and friends.

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This report covers:

  • An immense challenge: we look at the scale of mental health problems in society
  • The causes of mental health problems: what shapes our mental health?
  • One integrated model of mental health: one model that pulls together biological, psychological, social and environmental factors
  • Our life events: how life changes or experience of trauma can affect our mental health
  • One health: the relationship between our physical and mental health
  • The meaning of prevention: how prevention applies to everyone
  • What is holding us back?: how we must change as a society to put prevention front and centre

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The Mental Health Foundation Prevention and mental health 

 Read the full resource online

NHS Performance Statistics

Latest figures show record numbers of patients waiting for NHS treatment in England 

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This monthly release aims to provide users with an overview of NHS performance
statistics in the following key areas.

  • Urgent and emergency care – Accident and Emergency, NHS 111, Ambulances, Delayed Transfers of Care
  • Planned care – Referral to Treatment, Diagnostics, Mixed Sex
    Accommodation, NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care,
    Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Cancer – Cancer Waiting Times, Cancer Registrations, Cancer Emergency
    Presentations, Cancer Survival Estimates
  • Mental Health – Early Intervention in Psychosis, Out of Area Placements,
    Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder, Contacts and Referrals,
    Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, Physical Health Checks for
    people with Severe Mental Illness

Full detail at NHS England

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