Sheena Lowrie, Spaces 2012

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Sheena Lowrie from NHS Lothian presentation for Spaces 2012

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Sheena Lowrie, Spaces 2012

  1. 1. A sense of belongingLothian’s joint mental health andwellbeing strategy 2011-16Sheena Lowrie sheena.lowrie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
  2. 2. Outline of Presentation Integrated Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy How environmental and greenspace activities support commitment to change areas Reflections on day
  3. 3. The World Health Organisation describesmental health as:“a state of well-being in which the individual realiseshis or her abilities, can cope with the normal stressesof life, can work productively and fruitfully, and isable to make a contribution to his or hercommunity”.It includes concepts such as resilience, asense of mastery and control, optimismand hope as well as our ability to initiateand sustain relationships and to play apart in our social world. (Barry and Jenkins,2007)
  4. 4. What is Mental Health Improvement?M e n t a l h e a lt h im p r o v e m e n t is : any action to increase mental health and well-being among populations and individuals an umbrella term including action to: • promote mental well-being • prevent mental health problems • improve quality of life for people with a mental illness diagnosisSOURCE: Freidli, L. (2000), The Mental Health Review, Vol. 5, Issue 3.
  5. 5. Commitment to Change Building Social Capital and Wellbeing Embedding Recovery Addressing Inequalities Improving Services
  6. 6. Building social capital and mental wellbeing Social Prescribing, Healthy Active Minds Branching Out Community Gardens – involvement of local communities Reducing Stigma and Discrimination Mental Health and Arts Film Festival
  7. 7. Embedding Recovery: Priority Actions Community Gardens at REH and Midlothian Community Hospitals Partnership working REH Walkways Project Encouraging regular outdoor activity, contact with nature
  8. 8. Addressing Inequalities Some groups more vulnerable to poor mental health :- gender, age, social circumstances, ethnic origin Green Exercise Partnership – criteria
  9. 9. Improving Services Joining up physical and mental health care Greenspace integral to REH redevelopment
  10. 10. Outcomes More people will have good mental health More people with mental health problems will recover More people with mental health problems will have good physical health More people will have a positive experience of care and support Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm Fewer people will experience stigma
  11. 11. Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing Connect with natural environment, with others Be active activity e.g. walking, environmental art Take notice Noticing things around you, savour the moment Keep learning try something new, learning new things will make you feel more confident Give Smile, volunteer your time, join a community group.Source Foresight Mental Capital and Mental Wellbeing Project ( 2008)
  12. 12. © Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health

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