Sustainable mental health services will provide better outcomes for patients through prevention, empowerment, improving value and cutting carbon. We bring together people from across mental health and social care to share ideas and resources for sustainability.

RCPsych Sustainability Scholarship 2015-2016

In June this year, the RCPsych Sustainability Scholarship Programme 2015 -2016 was advertised. Higher trainees in Psychiatry were offered the chance to apply and be supported by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) in conjunction with the RCPsych Sustainability Lead. Each Scholar would be paired with a forward-thinking clinical commissioning group (CCG), which had committed to the implementation of the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health sustainable commissioning guide.

The basis for sustainable development in mental health care

Having come to the end of my two year RCPsych research fellowship in sustainability, it is time to do some reflecting…

I have found that sustainability is one of those words that people tend to slap onto the front of a new idea, service, or project to make it sound credible or perhaps ‘a la mode’. But sustainability is more than just a badge, it requires a broad understanding about the resources we use and impacts that we are having. But, does it have a place when thinking about mental health care?

Lancet Commission Podcast about the health effects of our unsustainable ways of living

Far-reaching changes to the structure and function of the Earth's natural systems represent a growing threat to human health. By unsustainably exploiting nature's resources, human civilisation has flourished but now risks substantial health effects from the degradation of nature's life support systems in the future. 

 

Listen to this podcast by Professor Andy Haines at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine about his recent Lancet paper on this topic.

The Hidden Mental Health Impacts Of Climate Change

 

The authors of a new landmark report in the Lancet described mental health disorders as among the most dangerous of the “indirect” health effects of global warming.

 

“It will get very bad,’’ predicts  Elizabeth Haase , assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, who is working on a documentary about the mental health impact of climate change. In this country alone, “we expect that over 200 million Americans will have some mental health problem because of climate change.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/23/3672909/mental-health-impacts-climate-change/

 

Mind games – why do we continue to ignore climate change?

Why is it that doctors, whose aim it is to improve health are, with the emissions associated with delivering healthcare, adding significantly to the health threat posed by climate change? One reason could be that climate change is too complex a phenomenon with which to engage, a circumstance which, combined with the complexity of mental health, has led to paralysis.

Sustainability in Psychiatry - RCPsych Report

This Occasional Paper explains how embedding the principles of sustainable health care can lead to services that are more person-centred and fit for the future. It provides an account of the carbon hotspots in mental health and what we need to do to reduce these aspects of care.

February, 2015

Navigo – a model of social sustainability

On the 17th November I visited Navigo, which really is a remarkable organisation. It is an NHS funded social enterprise that provides mental health care across north Lincolnshire. Navigo have created relationships, positive social identity, neighbourliness and hope through creating feasible opportunities for service users to contribute to the local community.

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Green Walking in mental health recovery: A Guide

Green walking is about moving through a natural space. This simple act brings multiple benefits to physical, social and mental health. It can improve patients’ progress during hospitalisation and their recovery and rehabilitation. It is also great for staff.

May, 2020

Prescribing Movement resource

This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up.

Moving Medicine
January, 2020

Making Sense of Social Prescription

The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

August, 2017

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