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Building Capacity for 
Mental and Emotional 
Wellbeing 
Shauna Houston 
CLEAR Project
My Approach 
Background Process outcomes 
Learning 
points
Background: 
 CLEAR 
 Capacity Building 
 Either a strategy for achieving a healthy society or an objective in it’s 
ow...
• Programme 
Funding 
• Grant Fund 
• Partnership 
Approach 
• Top down 
organisational 
approach 
•Bottom up 
organisatio...
Quality skills development and learning 
opportunities 
Provision of a range 
of skills and 
knowledge based 
training 
pr...
Improved Structures and Mechanisms 
 Development and roll 
out of localised 
Standards 
 Evaluation 
 Consultation 
 D...
Opportunity, Skills and Support 
 CLEAR Forum 
 Bereaved by Suicide 
Project 
 Strategy group 
involvement 
 Networkin...
Investment 
 Training and 
development 
programme 
 Development of 
Standards 
 Small grant 
 Increased knowledge and ...
Learning Points: 
 Leadership and buy in from partners is essential. 
 Making the links between health messages and the ...
How do these initiatives lead to the Improved 
Capacity for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing? 
 People are well informed an...
Final Comments 
Rome wasn’t built in a day!!
Contact Details 
www.clearproject.co.uk 
shauna@derryhc.com
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Building Capacity for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing - Shauna Houston

  1. 1. Building Capacity for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Shauna Houston CLEAR Project
  2. 2. My Approach Background Process outcomes Learning points
  3. 3. Background:  CLEAR  Capacity Building  Either a strategy for achieving a healthy society or an objective in it’s own right.  Top down organisational approach  Bottom up organisational approach  Partnership approach  Community Organising approach  Health Literacy  ‘the cognitive and social skills and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health’ (WHO 1998).
  4. 4. • Programme Funding • Grant Fund • Partnership Approach • Top down organisational approach •Bottom up organisational approach I) Quality skills development and learning opportunities II) Improved Structures and Mechanisms IV) Investment III) Opportunity, skills and support to input into forums, partnerships and strategic groups P R O C E S S
  5. 5. Quality skills development and learning opportunities Provision of a range of skills and knowledge based training programmes  Myths Demystified  Reinforced sound health messages  Increased skills and Knowledge base  Improved Health Literacy  Reinforced sound health messages P R O C E S S O U T C O M E S Bottom Up Organisational Approach
  6. 6. Improved Structures and Mechanisms  Development and roll out of localised Standards  Evaluation  Consultation  Development and roll out of regional standards Localised standards  Encouraged organisations to review practice  Enabled identification of areas for development  Provided a framework for review which is free to access  Independent review process  Assurances for funders Regional Standards  Strengthened service and practice  Improved governance  Accountability P R O C E S S O U T C O M E S Top down organisational approach
  7. 7. Opportunity, Skills and Support  CLEAR Forum  Bereaved by Suicide Project  Strategy group involvement  Networking opportunities  Collaborative working arrangements  Supported community activation  Increased knowledge of processes and procedures  Increased awareness of service provision P R O C E S S O U T C O M E Partnership Approach S
  8. 8. Investment  Training and development programme  Development of Standards  Small grant  Increased knowledge and skills  Access to self- assessment guide to support improved structures and mechanisms  Direct funding for project development  Detailed guided application process to build capacity in relation to funding applications, health initiatives and strategies.  Supported outcome measurement to evidence effectiveness of programmes P R O C E S S O U T C O M E Programme Funding S
  9. 9. Learning Points:  Leadership and buy in from partners is essential.  Making the links between health messages and the needs of community providers.  Using a variety of methods can have the best outcomes for capacity building; these should have a clear link with changes in one area impacting on other areas.  If it’s not working… Stop doing it!  Change brings fear… keep things as simple and straightforward as possible
  10. 10. How do these initiatives lead to the Improved Capacity for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing?  People are well informed and motivated to look after their own mental health and that of others.  People have positive and accepting attitudes to people with mental health problems.
  11. 11. Final Comments Rome wasn’t built in a day!!
  12. 12. Contact Details www.clearproject.co.uk shauna@derryhc.com

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