Hull Health and Wellbeing Board partners have worked together to create a shared pledge for Hull.
This is a promise to the city to support good mental health with comprehensive research, working directly with local people.
The new Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health is underpinned by an understanding that taking a prevention-focused approach to improving the public’s mental health has been shown to make a valuable contribution to achieving a fairer and more equitable society
This will include:
- Conducting an in-depth survey of young people’s mental health
- Reviewing findings relating to people who died by suicide in Hull, to identify preventative measures
- Conducting a mental health crisis engagement exercise – looking at how improved support can prevent crises
- Engaging directly with local people to capture their thoughts and feelings on mental health problems and support
- Shaping support in-line with the findings of research into inequalities and the impact of Coronavirus
- Delivering targeted support through programmes of work funded through the Prevention and Promotion Fund for Better Mental Health, including help for 16-24-year-olds to get started in work; working with employers to promote better employee mental health, in order to help people stay in work
- Addressing the stigma of talking about mental health through existing projects, including #TalkSuicide.
Hull Health and Wellbeing Board partner organisations include; Hull City Council, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, Hull Department for Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice Hull and East Riding, Hull Healthwatch, Hull and East Riding Integrated Care Partnership, Voice and Influence Partnership, Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as wider members from across the sector.
Cllr Hester Bridges, Deputy Leader and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Mental health is incredibly important for every single one of us. We’ve all just been through a very difficult time and we all have our own lived experiences unique to us. We may be coping with grief, anxiety, job insecurity, financial impacts, poor physical health, or countless other issues which greatly impact our mental health.
“We have prioritised mental health since long before the pandemic, but the effects of the past year and a half mean it has never been more important.
“Signing the Concordat is our public pledge to continue to do all we can to support every person in Hull to have good mental health and to ensure care is there for them when they have problems. Much of the work included in the pledge is already ongoing. Seeing it brought together like this really emphasises how much is being done, as well as highlighting what is coming next.
“This is all important work with outcomes which will directly benefit people in Hull – now and in the future. We’re so very excited and proud to be working with our partners and with local people on this”.
Read more about the Prevention Concordat here: Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)