Working together to provide better care for everyone
The last year has demonstrated how communities pull together at times of crisis, when lots of people need support in many different ways.
Life has changed for everyone – whether furloughed or not…working from home, or working in an environment that’s busier or much quieter than usual. For all of us, the way we meet our emotional needs and stay well has been different.
As we start to look towards a time when things change again, Suffolk Mind has joined together with other local charities and public sector bodies to support the Integrated Care Academy at the University of Suffolk.
Our involvement stems around our desire to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health. To achieve this ambition, we’re always keen to recruit others to the cause – we can’t do it alone.
So it makes sense to want to create a future in which people come from all over the world to Suffolk to learn about the best way to deliver integrated care.
For us, this means delivering care that enables people to meet their emotional needs, rather than putting up barriers – and it means everyone delivering care to people is skilled in identifying unmet needs and coaching people through spotting the barriers and coming up with solutions.
Working with the University of Suffolk, we hope to raise more awareness of our approach, and train people who deliver services to be able to help the people they see in a more holistic way. If we’re all using the same language, and working towards identifying unmet emotional needs, then we stand a better chance of keeping people at the wellbeing end of the mental health continuum.
You can read more about our suggested approach to health in this paper.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 29th March 2021
We want to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental wellbeing.
This means creating environments that enable people to get their physical and emotional needs met in healthy ways; a county in which trauma is identified and treated early, professionals are highly motivated, and people who use services feel that they are taken seriously.
Suffolk has seen a genuine and concerted effort to shift the conversation around mental health over the last year. At the heart of this has been the pioneering engagement process to develop a Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy for the future of Suffolk. The series of consultation events saw a broad range of organisations and individuals taking part in the conversation.
As part of that conversation, Suffolk Mind wrote a policy paper ‘Transforming Mental Health Systems in Suffolk Towards a mentally healthy culture: a shared agreement & basic principles’.
The paper reflects the emotional needs and resources model which sits as the heart of Suffolk Mind’s approach to mental health, and how it can promote clear-thinking around policy and service development. The paper was well received across mental health systems and has strongly influenced thinking and conversation. If you would like to read the paper yourself, or reference it for your own work, you can download it for free here.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 15th May 2019