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The Public Health White Paper Healthy Lives Healthy People (DH 2010) emphasises the centrality of mental health and wellbeing to physical health and to health behaviours. It recognises that self-esteem, confidence and resilience impact on health behaviour and that psychological explanations for why people behave as they do can contribute to effective public health practice.
In response to this champs is working with partners to ensure that mental health and wellbeing is central to all brief interventions.
A scoping study of wellbeing brief interventions was undertaken to explore current practice. Download report
The recommendations of the work include gaining consistent messages on mental health and wellbeing across the patch, increasing staff confidence in addressing mental health and wellbeing and improving the commissioning of wellbeing brief interventions.
Download an easy guide to Discussing wellbeing during brief interventions
- The NW Introduction to behaviour change e-learning course includes a section on mental health and wellbeing
- Western Cheshire Making Every Contact Count training materials include a Mental health and wellbeing training guide, course programme, case studies, and powerpoint handout
- Healthy Sefton Positive Mental Wellbeing
- Liverpool Making Every Contact Count guide includes mental wellbeing as the first topic for discussion
- Wirral use the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a framework for mental wellbeing.
Wellbeing can be addressed within brief interventions through a number of ways:
- adopting a generic approach that addresses the psychological factors underpinning behaviour change e.g. self-efficacy, motivation, confidence, control, resilience
- addressing the wider social determinants and conditions that impact on people's health behaviour and ability to change
- using solution-focused and strengths-based methods/ tools to enable a positive and empowering brief intervention
- including mental health & wellbeing in topic-based approaches