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This is the JSNA chapter on emotional health and wellbeing of children. Theme chapters summarises implications for commissioning, who is at risk and why, the level of need in the population, service provision and use, unmet needs, what works in terms of evidence, community views and priorities, any related equality impact assessments, unmet service needs/gaps and recommendations for further needs assessment work. 

This is the JSNA chapter on mental health. Theme chapters summarises implications for commissioning, who is at risk and why, the level of need in the population, service provision and use, unmet needs, what works in terms of evidence, community views and priorities, any related equality impact assessments, unmet service needs/gaps and recommendations for further needs assessment work. 

This resource supports local joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and the commissioning of interventions to improve the mental wellbeing of local children and young people. The guide explains about mental wellbeing and its determinants. The technical appendix has measures to quantify mental wellbeing and its determinants, information on using the measures and links to examples of evidence based practice.

You can access them by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1OeTP4u

This resource collection contributes to the emerging evidence base by drawing out the key messages from independent evaluations of their Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) programmes. This collection consists of three resources (please click on title to access resource):

  1. Shared learning from programmes
  2. Evaluation of Bradford Dementia Friendly Communities Programme
  3. Evaluation of York Dementia Friendly Communities Programme

Ways Forward

  • The active, meaningful engagement of people with dementia and their families is fundamental.
  • DFCs must engage with, and achieve equity for, all people with dementia, whatever their circumstances.
  • Practical barriers to inclusion must be addressed if normal lives are to be continued.
  • The human rights of people with dementia and carers must be recognised and promoted.
  • DFCs must be underpinned by ongoing awareness raising, training and positive media coverage.
  • Connections and networks, within and beyond the community, are at the heart of DFCs.
  • Local grassroots community activity is the bedrock of DFCs.
  • This activity must be supported by strong strategic planning, commissioning and leadership.
  • Both primary and secondary health providers have a vital role to play in supporting social inclusion
  • There is no template - each community must develop its own approach.

These documents outline the problem of social isolation in relation to public health.

Presented in 3 sections, they include:

  • evidence on the link between social isolation, poor health outcomes and health inequalities
  • identification of who is at risk of social isolation and what impact this has on health inequalities
  • possible interventions to reduce social isolation in identified populations

They can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1QF6jSz

This resource is part of the ‘Local Action on Health Inequalities’ Collection that can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1NvW6YD


This document is for people with responsibility for suicide prevention in local authorities and their partner agencies. The document includes:

  • the meaning of the term ‘suicide clusters’
  • identification of suicide clusters
  • suggestions for who may be at risk of suicidal acts due to the influence of other people’s suicidal behaviour,
  • the mechanisms involved in suicide clusters
  • the effects of suicide on other individuals

The steps required at local level to prepare for a suicide cluster are described alongside suggested responses to possible suicide clusters.

Finally, best practice is provided on how to evaluate responses to a cluster, and on using the experience to improve further suicide prevention measures.

This resource can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1XOHMzr

This report provides an examination and analysis of suicide and self-harm in Bolton. For the offical statistic a three year pool is ued by Public Health England to improve the reliability of the data. PHE publish the offical suicide rate nationally, for the North West, and for Bolton - the official rate is the directly standardised rate (DSR) for suicide and injury undetermined.

HBN 08-02 is intended particularly for those who are new to this topic, and to people living with dementia or their advocates who may be engaged as part of stakeholder engagement processes. It may also be helpful for commissioning organisations, auditors and regulators, giving an overall perspective of the dementia-friendly design issues that need to be addressed.


The 8 principles in this document are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works, and if applied consistently and comprehensively will contribute towards helping protect and promote student emotional health and wellbeing (H&W). The document signposts to Ofsted inspection criteria, practice examples and resources to support implementation.

The document may also be of interest to:

  • school and college governing bodies
  • staff working in education settings
  • school nurses
  • local public health teams
  • academy chains
  • others with a role of promoting Health & Wellbeing of children and learners

This report can be accessed by clicking here: http://bit.ly/18OboaD

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