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Mental Health Navigation is a model of support for people with mental illness who present at primary care with unmet non-clinical needs. This model builds on the well-established social prescribing model, offering a dedicated capacity to assist and empower people to access the right support, to manage a range of needs and social distresses that can affect an individual’s mental health and in doing so alleviates pressure on healthcare systems.
Our pilot site has been within the Meridian Primary Care Network which is located in Grimsby where we also partnered with Navigo who are a social enterprise that provides mental health services to the NHS and across North East Lincolnshire
The Tavistock Institute are currently completing an external evaluation of this model of support across four UK pilot sites. They have found that:
- Direct beneficiaries have decreased anxiety around social issues because non-clinical needs are being better met
- Direct beneficiaries’ engagement in and maintenance of positive health behaviours and better adherence to clinical and non-clinical treatments.
- Healthcare workers reported spending less time on non-clinical needs with patients.
- Healthcare workers reported higher levels of job satisfaction as a result of the pilot.
- Pressures on family members and carers reduced, indicating possible wellbeing benefits.
We have developed a good practice guide on how to implement Mental Health Navigation together with our partner charities, Mental Health UK, MindWise, Support in Mind Scotland and Adferiad Recovery.
The pilot Community Mental Health Navigator programme is funded by Johnson & Johnson in the UK and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation.
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Video: Mental Health Navigators
In May 2020, as the Covid-19 crisis began to bite, Mental Health UK launched the Community Mental Health Navigator programme in Grimsby, helping ensure people had support with housing, felt in control over their finances and connected with the world around them. Sue Saville leads a short film showing how the initiative is making a tangible difference to the community.
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Webinar: Mental Health Navigation
Mental Health Navigation is a model of support for people living with mental illness who present at primary care with unmet non-clinical needs. This webinar, recorded on 14 July 2022, explores the role of Mental Health Navigators. Chaired by Helen Garnham, Head of Equalities and Social Determinants at Rethink Mental Illness, we were joined by speakers who have worked with Mental Health Navigators in North East Lincolnshire.
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