Aug 19

Skills for Care signs commitment to improving mental health through prevention-focused approaches

Posted on Monday 12th August 2019
Juliet Green


Skills for Care has signed up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, that brings organisations together to tackle poor mental health.

The Prevention Concordat, that’s co-ordinated by Public Health England (PHE), is the first time that agencies across the community and care sectors have come together to make prevention a priority for mental health.

One in six adults in our communities’ experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in their lifetime. This is influenced by the environment in which they are born, grow, live and work, which means that many of these problems can be prevented.

“Skills for Care becoming a signatory demonstrates our clear commitment to cross sector, prevention-focused action to recognise the importance of better mental health,” notes Juliet Green, who leads the prevention work at Skills for Care.

“We know that skilled and motivated adult social care workers can directly have a positive impact on people’s mental health by working in a preventative way, and we want to ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge to do this.”

Karen Morse, National Lead for Mental Health at Skills for Care, adds: “we know that for many people who need care and support, there is an increased risk of mental ill-health. The adult social care workforce is central to supporting their mental wellbeing and recognising when people might need some extra help.

“Along with our strategic partners, we’ll work collaboratively to promote, protect and improve the mental health of people that use adult social care services across England, and those that work in the sector, through our network of leaders and providers.”

Skills for Care’s commitment includes:

  • continuing to support the mental health workforce in adult social care
  • producing guidance about ‘everyday mental health’ for adult social care’s 1.49 million strong workforce
  • conducting research into the role of the adult social care sector in driving the prevention agenda, and developing learning resources for commissioners and providers
  • promoting and supporting the wellbeing of the adult social care workforce through a focus on inclusive leadership and productivity.

“We’re delighted that Skills for Care has joined the growing list of organisations signing up to our Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health”, says Lily Makurah, National Lead for Public Mental Health at PHE.

“This is designed to help communities to promote good mental health and prevent mental health problems. Through local and national action across sectors, we can all contribute to improving mental health and wellbeing and reducing stigma for everyone.”

Read more about the concordat here.

Find out more about the work that Skills for Care is doing around the prevention agenda here, and to support mental health services here