Centre for Mental Health news

January 2020

Hello from Sarah!

Dear friends,

We’re nearly through January and already so much has happened. We recently launched an important briefing into the impact of restrictive interventions (such as exclusion and isolation) on young people’s mental health. The research indicates that these practices can harm young people’s mental health, especially if they have a history of trauma, which is why we’re calling on the Government to encourage all schools to take a trauma-informed approach.

We were delighted to launch the first briefing of our Commission for Equality in Mental Health, focusing on the determinants of mental health. We’ll be launching more research and recommendations in this area over the next few months.

Finally – did you know that Centre for Mental Health has launched a podcast?! We’ll be bringing you insight, news and research on the latest in mental health – enjoy the first episode via Spotify, iTunes or Soundcloud.

With best wishes,
Commission for Equality in Mental Health
Briefing 1: Determinants in Mental Health

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem, but our chances are far from equal. There are many determinants in our lives which influence our mental health: from positive parenting and a safe place to live, to experiencing abuse or the impacts of austerity.

This first briefing from the Centre’s Commission for Equality in Mental Health finds that mental health inequalities are closely linked to wider injustices in society, and explores actions that can be taken, from communities and local services to national policies, to reduce mental health inequalities. 

Download the report here

Briefing 54: Trauma, challenging behaviour and restrictive interventions in schools

How do restrictive interventions in schools affect young people’s mental health?

Our 54th briefing focuses on restrictive interventions in schools (such as seclusion, restraint and exclusion), highlighting the way they can exacerbate distress and behavioural problems among children who have experienced trauma.

There are a number of alternative approaches to challenging behaviour in schools. We’re calling on the Government to take a trauma-informed approach to schools, to ensure all children feel valued and understood.

Download the report here or read Kadra's blog
Centre for Mental Health Podcast
Episode 1: Sarah Hughes

In the first of our new Centre for Mental Health Podcast episodes, we speak to chief executive Sarah Hughes, exploring how she describes the Centre, why equality for mental health is such a critical goal, her previous work and her key areas of focus.

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Beyond behaviour: tackling restrictive interventions in schools
Kadra Abdinasir comments on our research into restrictive practices in schools and why we urgently need trauma-informed alternatives.
Mental health in the workplace: raising the profile and levelling the playing field
Anastasia Vinnikova discusses her role promoting mental health in the Bank of England and beyond.
IPS Training

Training for Supervisors
We are excited to premier a brand new IPS training course for Supervisors and Team leaders on 11 February 2020. This course is aimed at managers who want to support IPS teams to improve service performance, compliance to the IPS Fidelity model and increase both quantity and quality of job outcomes for clients. 
Book your place now 

Training for Employment Specialists
Our popular two-day accredited training course for new Employment Specialists is back in April, having sold out our January and February courses!
Book your place now or check out our other courses.
News and events
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Best wishes,

Alethea Joshi
Digital & Communications Lead 
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