Better mental health: JSNA toolkit

This toolkit links mental health data, policy and knowledge to help planners understand needs within the local population and assess local services.

The guide accompanies the Mental Health and Wellbeing JSNA fingertips profile.

It includes short, bite-sized sections which help people to develop a picture of mental health needs in a local area. The guide begins with sections on understanding place and understanding people. These focus on understanding risk, wellbeing, prevention and community resilience in the local population.

Later sections cover the mental health care pathway, following a life course approach. These include the perinatal period, children and young people, working age adults and older people.

Each section follows a similar structure:

  • introduction to the topic
  • list of potential questions a JSNA may attempt to answer
  • overview of some relevant policy and guidance
  • list of available national data sources
  • ideas for sources of local data
  • links to relevant evidence and further information

Documents can be accessed via Public Health England

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Measuring the public health impact of healthcare professionals

The Royal Society for Public Health has published Everyday interactions: measuring the public health impact of healthcare professionals.

This toolkit seeks to provide a straightforward way for health care professionals to record and measure their public health impact in a uniform and comparable way.  It is to support healthcare professionals in the prevention and health improvement interventions that they do as part of routine clinical practice.  It is particularly aimed at nurses and midwives, dentists, allied health professionals and pharmacists.

Encouraging healthier ‘out of home’ food provision

This toolkit helps local authorities and businesses to provide and promote healthier options for food eaten away from home. | Public Health England

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The PHE toolkit, ‘Strategies for encouraging healthier “out of home” food provision’ has been developed to encourage local intervention that will further increase the opportunities for communities to access healthier food whilst out and about in their local community. It outlines opportunities both to manage new business applications and to work with existing food outlets to provide healthier food.

The toolkit has been created to help local authorities across England work with smaller food outlets such as:

  • takeaways
  • restaurants
  • bakers
  • sandwich and coffee shops
  • mobile traders
  • market stalls
  • corner shops
  • leisure centres
  • children’s centres and private nurseries

Full document:
Strategies for Encouraging Healthier ‘Out of Home’ Food Provision A toolkit for local councils working with small food businesses

Suicide prevalence in Engalnd by occupation

Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis reveals which professions have the highest risk of suicide. | Public Health England | ONS

An analysis of ONS suicide prevalence statistics for 2011 to 2015 has been carried out to gain a better understanding of factors that influence suicide, in order to inform the government’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and help identify where inequalities exist amongst different groups.

The new ONS analysis shows that suicides are less common for females than males, and that there are differences in the types of occupation where suicide is more common. For women, occupations with a high risk of suicide include nurses (23% above the national average), primary school teachers (42% above average) and those working in culture, media and sport (69% above average).

For men, low skilled labourers in construction had a risk that was 3 times higher than that the average for England; men working in skilled construction jobs also had an increased risk. Both male and female care workers have a risk of suicide that was almost twice the national average.

To coincide with this publication, Public Health England, Business in the Community (BITC) and Samaritans have joined forces to produce toolkits for employers on how to prevent suicide and how to minimise the impact when it does happen.

The toolkits produced by PHE, BITC and Samaritans include advice on steps employers can take action to prevent suicides and support them and their teams when responding to the death of an employee caused by suicide.

Download the suicide prevention toolkit for employers.

Download the suicide postvention toolkit for employers.

New healthcare social media toolkit – helping you connect

Social media is a powerful tool: helping organisations and its people to raise awareness, share information, engage with existing audiences and reach out to new ones | Skills for Health

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To help you make the most of the opportunities social media can provide, we have launched a comprehensive social media toolkit packed full of sector-specific insight, advice and best practice on how to use social media effectively.

Whether you are completely new to social media or want to make sure your existing social presence is fit for purpose and operates at its full potential, the toolkit will instruct and educate your organisation and employees on how to use these platforms effectively and efficiently.

Read the full overview here

The full toolkit if available here

Mental health toolkit for schools and colleges

With half of all diagnosable mental health disorders established by the age of 14, there is a strong case to promote children and young people’s mental health | Public Health England | Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Public Health England and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families are committed to improving health outcomes for children, young people and their families, and collaborated to fund and develop this toolkit.

The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population. This, in turn, will help school and college leaders make use of school and college level data to identify the mental wellbeing needs of students and determine how best to address these. Efforts taken by schools and colleges to promote the physical and mental health of the student population creates a virtuous circle, reinforcing attainment and achievement that in turn improves student wellbeing, enabling students to thrive and achieve their full potential.

Download the toolkit here

Getting to Outcomes Guide for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Chinman, M. et al. Rand Corporation. Published online: August 2016

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Getting To Outcomes (GTO) is a ten-step process that guides community organizations through the key tasks needed to make any prevention program a success. GTO is supported by training, technical assistance, and written guides, such as this Getting To Outcomes Guide for Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

Research has shown that organizations that use GTO in TPP programs carry out programs with greater fidelity and achieve more positive outcomes compared with organizations that do not use GTO. Following the GTO ten steps, this guide offers tools and instructions to help users assess the need for and select a teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) program, identify specific goals and outcomes, determine whether there is sufficient fit and capacity to carry out a selected TPP program, create a detailed plan, identify and use process and outcome evaluation measures, use the evaluation data for program improvement, and plan for program sustainability.

The guide also includes an outcome survey and an Excel workbook already set up to receive data from the outcome survey and calculate change scores and graphs. Designed for anyone planning, running, or overseeing TPP programs, carrying out the GTO activities outlined in this guide will help organizations meet the needs of the youth and demonstrate effectiveness to funders, consumers, and other stakeholders.

Read the full report here

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