Skills for Care has signed up to the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, which brings organisations together to tackle poor mental health.
The Prevention Concordat, co-ordinated by Public Health England, is the first group of agencies from across the community and social care sectors that have come together to make prevention a priority for mental health.
One in six adults in our communities experiences at least one diagnosable mental health condition in their lifetime, says Skills for Care. This can be influenced by the environment in which they are born, live and work, meaning that some could potentially be prevented.
Speaking on the organisation having signed up to the Prevention Concordat, Juliet Green, National Lead for Prevention at Skills for Care said, 'Skills for Care becoming a signatory demonstrates our clear commitment to cross sector, prevention-focused action to recognise the importance of better mental health.
'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.
Lily Makurah, National Lead for Public Mental Health at Public Health England says, 'We’re delighted that Skills for Care has joined the growing list of organisations signing up to our Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
'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.'