Promoting mental wellbeing and reducing loneliness

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Support individuals to have the best possible mental health as an active member of their community

Delivery date:

  • ongoing

To do this we will:

  • promote mental wellbeing in local communities and  workplaces
  • join up services so individuals benefit from coordinated support
  • focus as an early priority on supporting people with mental health needs or substance misuse issues to find and stay in work

It is better for people because:

  • better mental health helps promote better physical health and better life chances
  • being an active part of a community supports mental wellbeing
  • being employed is good for physical and mental health.

It is better for the health and care system because:

  • people with serious and long term mental health needs who are in work, are less likely to need NHS care than those who are unemployed
  • better mental wellbeing can mean better physical health, reducing demand on services
  • being in work reduces demand on health and social care resources and unemployment benefits

Key facts:

  • 317,000 residents of NW London have a common mental health illness
  • over 150,000 people over the age of 65 live alone in NW London
  • mild to moderate mental health problems are the most common causes of health-related unemployment.

Expected outcomes:

  • job coaches to become part of frontline services in all boroughs, helping over 900 people each year