Mental Health

  • COVID has highlighted the importance of community ‘bridges’

    17 November 2020

    Andrew Laird and Chris Wright put the case for working through ‘community bridge’ organisations to not only improve resilience and responsiveness through times of crisis, but to deliver services in a co-operative way in normal times.


  • Championing mental health

    04 November 2020

    The National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCASC) 2020 is taking place virtually this week. Here, plenary session speaker Sarah Hughes outlines how councils can meet the immediate mental health challenges of COVID, and rebuild resilience.


  • It’s time for change

    21 October 2020

    The Penna family is using its diversity package to effectively reach audiences, including passive candidates who aren’t actively looking for roles, says Raja Balachandran.


  • Seeing social care through a different lens

    12 October 2020

    Social care is much more than elderly people and hospital discharges, says Cllr David Fothergill. Many people are working-age adults with severe learning disabilities, and the Government needs to widen its scope of what care encompasses.


  • Report calls for government to help stretched local decision-makers

    06 October 2020

    Ministers must act to ease the worries of stretched local decision-makers amid rising concerns about their role, a cross-government report has urged.


  • Making the most of remote working

    30 August 2020

    Solace's Karishma Vakta-Smith looks at the impact of remote working, and what it means for the future of recruitment.


  • Health MJ: Pandemic halts mental health help

    26 July 2020

    Nearly a third of young people with mental health problems lost access to support due to the coronavirus crisis, research has revealed.


  • The very big and the very small

    24 July 2020

    Chief executive of Shared Lives Plus Alex Fox outlines three ways we might move from thinking big to thinking small as the crisis moves into its ‘new normal’ phase.


  • Bold, fast-paced action needed to support the nation’s wellbeing

    16 July 2020

    Lead for innovation in mental health at the Innovation Unit Nick Webb says public health leaders and their partners need to do three things to build community resilience in response to the pandemic - and fast.


  • Mental health plummets amid COVID crisis

    10 June 2020

    Mental health has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has revealed.


  • Finding the right mindset -  and team

    14 April 2020

    Jim McManus shares his lessons for dealing with pandemics  - and presents a ‘go to guide’ on the six key elements of his COVID-19 multi-agency response.


  • Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in

    06 April 2020

    Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Changes to governance structures are needed in a time of pandemic

    31 March 2020

    Decision making is a pressing concern facing local government lawyers due to the evolving pandemic, but it is not the only one, says Helen McGrath


  • Lawyers warn Deprivation of Liberty safeguards will be 'paralysed' by pandemic

    31 March 2020

    COVID-19 will ‘paralyse’ the system of Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS), says the organisation for legal and governance council officers.


  • Health check

    19 February 2020

    Jayne Moules outlines how a group of Hartlepool agencies has developed a whole-system approach to reducing the impact of parental conflict on children.


  • Securing the foundations for change

    11 December 2019

    A five-year jointly-commissioned mental health and learning disability contract worth well over £300m offers a platform of stability that will enable long-term planning and investment, says Iain MacBeath.


  • Shaping a 21st century Jersey

    29 October 2019

    Charlie Parker arrived in the top job at the States of Jersey determined to bring in a programme of change. Heather Jameson talks to him about the scale of the task he faced and what he’s achieving.


  • Roll-out of mental health support for rough sleepers begins

    14 October 2019

    A £12m scheme to provide mental health support for rough sleepers has been launched.


  • HEALTH MJ: Younger children ‘at risk of depression’

    07 October 2019

    Younger children in the UK school year may be more likely to be diagnosed with depression by the age of 16 than older children in the year, says a study.


  • Preserving the delicate balance

    18 September 2019

    Bob Neill says that in too many cases the delicate balance between recovering what is owed to councils and providing a duty of care to the vulnerable is not being achieved.