Prevention concordat for better mental health

Resources from the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme to help local areas with prevention planning arrangements.

The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme aims to facilitate local and national action around preventing mental health problems and promoting good mental health.

This set of resources is designed to help local areas to put in place effective prevention planning arrangements. They are aimed at health and wellbeing boards, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and their partners.

The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health programme of work is one of the recommendations in the ‘Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’, published in 2016.

Duncan Selbie highlighted the importance of making prevention a priority for mental health in his blog ‘Moving forward with the prevention of mental health problems’.

Consensus statement

Statement describing the shared commitment of the organisations that have either co-produced or endorsed the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.

Prevention planning resources

Better Mental Health for All: a public health approach to mental health improvement, by The Faculty of Public Health and the Mental Health Foundation. This report supports promoting mental wellbeing and the primary prevention of mental illness.

Mental Health and Prevention: taking local action for better mental health 2016 rapid evidence review, produced by the Mental Health Foundation, and commissioned by Public Health England. This report sets out ways to reduce the growing level of mental health problems.

Return on investment

These resources provide evidence for the cost effectiveness and return on investment of specific mental health promotion and prevention interventions.

Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: the economic case, this 2011 report provides a foundation for understanding the case for investing in the prevention of mental ill health and the promotion of mental health.

The ‘Mental health services: cost effective-commissioning’ resources, including a return on investment tool, compliments this report.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Meeting the need: what makes a ‘good’ JSNA for Mental Health?, by the Centre for Mental Health. This report explores how 5 local councils across England went about understanding the mental health needs of their communities, and taking action to meet them more effectively.

Mental health JSNA fingertips profile, supports health and wellbeing boards and others interested in producing local mental health JSNAs by providing access to metrics on prevalence, risk and protective factors, and activity in and quality of support and care provision.

This is complimented by the JSNA toolkit.

Psychosocial pathways

This report provides a conceptual framework focusing on the psychosocial pathways between factors associated with social, economic and environmental conditions, psychological and psychobiological processes, health behaviours and mental and physical health outcomes.

  1. Psychosocial pathways and health outcomes
Published 30 August 2017