Support from the Start: Commissioning for early intervention in mental ill health


sfts_clipSupport from the Start: Commissioning for early intervention in mental ill health  showcases four projects where CCGs and their partners are tackling the challenge of early intervention and draws out tips from the commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery. Developed by our Mental Health Commissioners Network, the report aims to share learning and good practice from these projects to help support the implementation of more high-quality early intervention services.

The four featured projects are:

  • early intervention in psychosis in Salford
  • a programme to boost the resilience of school children in Hounslow
  • providing a service to help those who have been bereaved through suicide in Cornwall
  • supporting women with perinatal mental health issues in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The report draws out key advice from the people involved in the featured projects, which can be summed up as below:

  • Seek to understand the true impact of mental ill health
  • Use engagement as the basis of everything
  • Evidence and evaluation are critical
  • Clinical leadership is key
  • Never forget the importance of strong working relationships
  • Make sure that the service is person centred.

Find out more about the Mental Health Commissioners Network and read our press release on this report.

12 September 2016

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