Better mental health: JSNA toolkit

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


1. About the Mental Health and Wellbeing JSNA knowledge guide

2. Understanding place

3. Understanding people

4. Perinatal mental health

5. Children and young people

6. Working age adults

7. Living well in older years


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
Published 30 August 2017