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Peer Support: Working with the VCSE Sector

Dania Hanif

Published: September 17, 2020

Association of Mental Health Providers, NSUN, and Mind have jointly produced a thought-piece outlining how voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations can meaningfully contribute to the provision of peer support in mental health; and offer practical examples of the diverse ways in which this is already happening. We argue that the knowledge, skills,…

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COVID-19 and the VCSE Mental Health Sector

Dania Hanif

Published: April 15, 2020

COVID-19 and the VCSE Mental Health Sector, is a live briefing document based on the experiences of our members and outlines the impact of the pandemic on their services and the people that they work with and for. Our conversations with members have enabled us to gather live intelligence and information on the challenges that…

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Supporting Mental Health in Communities During Covid-19: Bringing VCSE and Statutory Services Together

Dania Hanif

Published: April 3, 2020

The global coronavirus outbreak is putting the mental as well as physical health of people around the world under strain. For people with existing mental health difficulties, this may be especially pronounced, at a time when mental health services are stretched and coping with higher sickness absence due to the virus. Across the UK, voluntary…

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More Than a Number

Dania Hanif

Published: April 1, 2020

People living with severe mental illness have a 15-20 year shorter life expectancy than the general population, are more at risk of becoming overweight than average, and are at a far higher risk of physical illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. More than a Number finds that people with severe mental illness received little…

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A Time to Quit

Dania Hanif

Published: April 1, 2020

People living with severe mental illness have a 15-20 year shorter life expectancy than the general population, are three times as likely to smoke, and are at a far higher risk of physical illnesses such as lung diseases. This also puts people more at risk from coronavirus. A Time to Quit finds that people with…

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Arm in arm: The relationships between statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations

Dania Hanif

Published: July 24, 2019

Commissioned by the Association of Mental Health Providers, the Centre for Mental Health report Arm in arm, warns that voluntary and community organisations face numerous financial barriers including reductions in local government funding, short-term and ‘more for less’ contracts, unpredictable and delayed decision-making, and the unintended consequences of national policies. Smaller organisations are particularly at…

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Closing the Employment Gap Toolkit and Scoping Review

Dania Hanif

Published: May 28, 2019

Supported by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The Association has been working with the Young People’s Health Partnership to develop a toolkit on Closing the Employment Gap for Young People and support a scoping review of evidence. Young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing can significantly affect their ability to apply for, obtain and maintain…

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Whole Prison, Whole Person

Dania Hanif

Published: April 23, 2019

Supported by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The Association has been working with partners’ Clinks and Nacro to develop a report on how a holistic approach can support good mental health in prison. The Whole Prison, Whole Person report sets out the key principles and recommendations towards developing a whole prison approach to good mental…

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Building a VCSE Consensus on Health and Work

Dania Hanif

Published: March 28, 2019

As part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers (leads of the Mental Health Consortium) has been working in partnership with UK Health Forum, Race Equality Foundation, and the National LGB&T Partnership in conducting a scoping and consensus building exercise to: Recognise what health and disability-focused organisations in the Voluntary Community…

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Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Moving Forward

Dania Hanif

Published: August 31, 2017

A joint briefing, ‘Race, mental health and criminal justice: moving forward’, from social justice charity, Nacro, Clinks, Association of Mental Health Providers and Mental Health Foundation as partners in the Mental Health Consortia, and the Race Equality Foundation has found that voluntary sector practitioners and service users from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds…

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Social Investment in Mental Health - An Introduction for Providers

Dania Hanif

Published: October 27, 2016

In partnership with Big Society Capital, we have developed an introductory guide, Social Investment in Mental Health, on the basics around social investment. If you would like to know more, or if you’d like to discuss broader ideas in which social investment could be used to create better outcomes in mental health, please get in touch with…

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Demonstrating the value of the voluntary and community sectors

Dania Hanif

Published: June 30, 2016

Voluntary and community sector (VCSE) organisations are frequently asked by funders to demonstrate the economic value of their work using limited evaluation budgets or from their own data and resource. Even where VCSE organisations are not asked to formally evaluate, they still want to understand what impact they make, what ‘added value’ they bring and how that can help in design and delivery. This paper has…

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