Opening question :
How can Mental Health be Promoted in Communities?
Definition of mental health needed
We are disconnected in person but connected by technology
Mental health is as vital as physical health
Promote the idea of individual notion of mental health it is a vital precept
Work on removing stigma is still important
There is a confusion between mental health and mental illness
Mental health is part of us this needs to be recognised from a young age
Could we make mental illness less of a big deal?
BME communities use differing language to define the same thing
A holistic approach is important, including the spiritual aspect
Accessibility and outreach, people need to be accessed where they are
What is normal? It doesn’t exist
Differences within culture matter – it depends on perception
Take time to talk to one another
A mental health neighbourhood watch – Watching for wellbeing
Community events for bonding
Take the risk and reach out, talk to those nearest you about their wellbeing
GP referral process – preventative care not just crisis care
Wellbeing rather than mental health
Use language that is less easily judged
Engage people in activities that address wellbeing without being obvious
The word mental is an issue itself
Wellbeing is totality of wellness – physical, mental and social
Maybe people will shy away less if we use this terminology?
The influence the environment has on wellbeing needs recognising
External forces that will potentially sabotage our wellbing
People need tools to cope with this.
We need to challenge the compartmentalism between physical and mental health
Giving people options – not always the GP
Wellbeing Centres would be good
Individuals respect our ways of communicating and recognise that we won’t always understand each other
Learning to understand ourselves is key
Recognise that mental health adds wealth to the experience of life.
How to make this topic engaging and fun and encourage people to take responsibility for ourselves
Not focus on problems all the time
Creativity is really important, this makes things more engaging
As a culture we see feelings as things to be negative about
People are equal to each other
Emotional connection and emotional intelligence have to occur and be balanced – role modelling
Embracing creativity – promote the arts for all improve societal wellbeing
Good can come from bad
Idea of value – transient but revolutionary
The value of hyperbole and the joy of a crumb on the floor
Rewarding activity to return to, we all need this
Give people tools to not have to go to the doctors in the first place!
How do we gain and maintain momentum from this meeting?
Social prescribing – not ideal to have GPs doing this but maybe it is a step in the right direction?
Educating ourselves about what helps us is important
Barriers between organisations need breaking down and better collaboration
Organisations could join together perhaps gifting time to young people to educate them
Suggested themes for next time were:
How do we break down barriers?
What is good mental health?
How can we best utilise the skills we have within our limited resources?
Next theme decided is: What is good mental health?