Wednesday 06 September 2023
The Committee for Health & Social Care is pleased to publish the Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2023-2029.
Following extensive public consultation via the two Gedze reviews conducted in 2018 and 2022, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group was reestablished. This multidisciplinary group have worked together to develop the revised Strategy which aims to promote good mental health across the whole population so that more people living in the Bailiwick will have good mental health.
This will be achieved through four pillars of work. (Appendix 1 of the full Strategy.)
Pillar 1: Understanding and collating Bailiwick datasets
This pillar aims to collate data regarding the mental health and wellbeing of the population. It does so using specific datasets from mental health and wellbeing services alongside other indicators (such as poverty and housing indicators) that are the building blocks for good health.
Pillar 2: Awareness, access and early intervention
This pillar works principally at a population level, continuing ongoing work about raising awareness and ensuring fair access to services. A key new piece of work within this pillar is action 2.2 'Agree and map an Island wide network of care pathways and referral criteria for service delivery throughout the model.' This aims to provide a clear and accessible pathway for both mental health practitioners and the general public so they can better understand how to navigate local mental health services.
Pillar 3: Service improvements
This pillar addresses gaps in provision identified in the 2022 Gedze review, alongside gaps identified by the Steering Group, and incorporates pre-existing workstreams. There have already been benefits to pooling this information, with members of the Steering Group understanding what is occurring within other areas of government and working more closely to achieve our joint goals.
Pillar 4: Responding to recommendations of external reviews
This pillar includes outstanding recommendations from 2018 and 2022 Gedze reviews as well as recommendations from the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Review published by the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture in 2021.
This Strategy works across all steps of mental health from self-management of symptoms to crisis support. The goal is for individuals to be resilient and to feel confident in managing their mental health, with support from their community networks and more formal services where required. Individuals should have access to the appropriate mix of support and interventions according to their needs, which will change throughout their lives.
Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health Services said 'This piece of work has been a true joint effort, with members from across the States of Guernsey, voluntary and private sector working in partnership to improve mental health for islanders. There is a welcome focus on the building blocks for good health such as housing, good pay, safe and accessible green spaces and good quality education. Services themselves are only one part of the puzzle.'
Jo Cottell, Chief Executive of Guernsey Mind said 'Guernsey Mind are pleased to be part of the Steering Group. This strategy aligns with the ethos of Guernsey Mind with its focus on the importance of prevention and early intervention, as well as continuing efforts to raise awareness and tackle discrimination. We look forward to continuing to work with the States and other partners to support improved mental health for everyone in the Bailiwick.'
Dr Dominic Bishop, Clinical Director of Specialist Mental Health Services said 'We are proud to have people with experience of mental health services as members of the Steering Group. This allows Specialist Mental Health Services and other mental health service providers to incorporate the views of those who use them. This is something we look forward to building on within the lifetime of the Strategy.'
The full Strategy can be accessed via: www.gov.gg/mentalhealthwellbeingstrategy