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Resources and Planning Tools

We have developed a range of free mental health resources and planning tools that are available for use. We also share monthly mental health snippets that feature a range of information across the life course; from resources, research articles, reports, events, and learning opportunities.

We will continue to add to this page – please contact us at ggc.mhead@ggc.scot.nhs.uk if you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion. 

Planning Tools and Snippets

Planning Tools

Listed below are a range of planning tools across the life course to assist with planning and prioritising mental health improvement. 

Children and Young People’s Mental Health

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Child and Youth Prevention and Early Intervention Framework: An evidence-based framework to support partners and organisations plan and prioritise for child and youth mental health improvement.

Child and Youth Mental Health Policy Landscape: A policy landscape to highlight how our evidence-based child and youth mental health improvement prevention and early intervention framework links to some of the key policy drivers for child and youth mental health and how they interconnect to ultimately Get it Right for Every Child.

A Knowledge and Skills Framework: A Whole School Approach to Self-Harm Awareness and Training: A tool that has been structured to reflect national training frameworks. It has been developed to support schools to consider how they may implement a whole school approach to self harm awareness and training.

Adult Mental Health 

Healthy Minds: A strategic framework for promoting mental health in adults in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Adult Mental Health Policy Landscape: A policy landscape to highlight how our evidence-based mental health improvement framework links to and supports some of the key adult mental health policy drivers.

Mental Health Snippets

Our team produces and circulates a monthly mental health snippet that provides a range of information across the life course, including resources, research articles, reports, events, and learning opportunities. If you would like to sign up for our snippet, please contact michelle.guthrie@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

August 2022 (Mental Health and Inequalities)

June 2022 (Infant Mental Health)

April 2022 (Loneliness and Mental Health)

March 2022 (Children and Young People)

March 2022 (Special Edition – Sleep and Mental Health)

February 2022 (Money and Mental Health)

January 2022 (Mental Health Information & Support across the Life Course)

November 2021 (Climate Change)

October 2021 (Mental Health Information & Support across the Life Course)

September 2021 (Suicide Prevention)

August 2021 (Food & Mood / Mental Health Information & Support across the Life Course)

July 2021 (Mental Health Awareness Days)

June 2021 (Mental Health Awareness Days)

May 2021 (Mental Health and Nature)

April 2021 (Mental Health Information & Support across the Life Course)

Resources

We have developed a range of free resources across the life course that are available for use.

We will continue to add to this page – please contact us at ggc.mhead@ggc.scot.nhs.uk if you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion.

Accessing Mental Health Support

We have created two resources illustrating the different ways in which mental health supports can be accessed; from 1 to 1 support, reading, group work, phone and online. The resources allow anyone working with children and young people and adults to populate with their own update to date information on an ongoing basis, relevant to their organisation, locality area and wider. These are reusable, wipe clean resources, and can be downloaded below.

Accessing Mental Health Support Posters 

Child and Youth Poster

Adult Poster

COVID-19: Mental Health Resources

Public Mental Health Response in Greater Glasgow and Clyde during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We have developed a paper that proposes an approach to co-ordinating the public mental health response to the COVID-19 pandemic within Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It recognises and aims to build on the tremendous response to the current and anticipated mental health needs of our population as a result of the pandemic.

Resources

In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Mental Health Improvement Team have co-ordinated and developed a range of resources and information documents to support mental health and wellbeing across the life course.  Themes include responding to distress, loss and grief, long term conditions and sleep. We will also be sharing resources from partners and organisations during this time and will keep this page updated with resources as they become available. 

General Mental Health and Wellbeing

Bullying

Carers

Children and Young People

Domestic Abuse 

Parental Mental Health

Sleep

Loss and Grief 

Long Term Health Conditions

Responding to Distress 

Below is a suite of resources that have been developed in recognition of the current context of Covid -19 and its impact on the public in terms of possible increases in both mental health concerns and numbers of people experiencing increased distress and/or suicidal thoughts. The resources comprise of a leaflet and poster aimed at the public and an ‘ALERT’ pathway briefing and prompt sheet for use by staff in health, social care and helpline situations. To accompany this there is also a resource directory of mental health support organisations for use by aforementioned staff.

Online Training Opportunities

During these unprecedented times the capacity to have face to face training is minimal. It is with this in mind have collated a range of free online learning opportunities relating to Mental Health, which have been laid out in a life course approach.

Healthy Minds Pocket Guide

Our Healthy Minds Pocket Guide provides details for a mental health support organisation in each of the 6 Health and Social Care Partnerships; Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire. It also provides helpful tips for looking after your mental health and wellbeing and who to contact if you feel someone is in distress.

Loss and Bereavement

Below is a range of different resources related to loss and bereavement:

Whole School Approach to Loss and Bereavement: This guidance aims to support practitioners to increase their knowledge and understanding on the subject of bereavement, loss, and change and how to support children and young people through this.

CYP MH Framework Loss and Bereavement: This maps the bereavement guidance to the NHSGGC Child and Youth Mental Health Improvement and Early Intervention Framework.

When People Die – Stories from Young People: A comic that tells numerous stories about death and resilience from a group of young people. The comic helps readers gain a different perspective on grief and what grieving means for young people.

Supporting Those Affected by Bereavement: A staff guide that provides information, resources, and signposts to organisations who offer support to those struggling with grief as a result of bereavement. *Developed for Primary Care Staff working in GP practices across Glasgow City, however, contains lots of useful information and resources for anyone supporting those affected by bereavement*

Grief After A Bereavement: A poster resource sharing information on healthy ways in which we can manage our grief. Available to download in various languages, including:

Arabic

Cantonese

Farsi

Kurdish Sorani

Mandarin

Polish

Punjabi

Romanian

Slovak

Urdu

Resilience Toolkit

The Resilience Toolkit and top ten tips for resilience poster provide a visual aid and practical guidance for promoting the resilience of children and young people. The resource includes interactive sessions and is designed to be used by workers and volunteers working with young people aged 10 and over.

Resources 

Top 10 Tips: downloadable, easy to follow tips.

Resilience Toolkit: offers a range of activities including 5 minute icebreakers.

CYP MH Framework Resilience Toolkit: maps the Resilience Toolkit to the NHSGGC Child and Youth Mental Health Improvement and Early Intervention Framework.

Our Top Tips for Resilience Poster is available to download in 10 languages, including:

Arabic

Farsi

Kurdish Sorani

Polish

Punjabi

Romanian

Simplified Chinese

Slovak

Traditional Chinese

Urdu

Resources for Schools and Youth Organisations

Below is a variety of helpful mental health resources for schools and youth organisations: 

Mental Health Resources for Schools and Youth Organisations

A whole school approach to self-harm awareness and training: a resource structured to reflect national training frameworks such as the NHS Education for Scotland Perinatal Mental Health Curricular and Transforming Psychological Trauma Knowledge Frameworks. It has been developed to support Education Authorities and Schools to consider how they may implement a whole organisation approach to self-harm awareness and training. The document refers to self harm when used as a coping strategy, a response to distress where the individual has no intention to take their own life.

Resources for Schools and Youth Organisations is a comprehensive document that offers a range of suggested resources that can be used in schools to help protect, promote and support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Whilst this is not an exhaustive list, the resources highlighted have been developed by Education and Health colleagues and National Mental Health organisations.

Mental Health Activities (Online)

Online Mental Health Activities is a selection of online mental health-themed sessions developed for education staff and partners supporting young people during COVID-19. Suggested homeschooling activities are also included for parents and caregivers.

Positive Mental Attitudes 

Positive Mental Attitudes Curriculum pack has been developed to support teachers and practitioners to engage with young people about mental health issues. The lessons can be used individually and put together to provide a whole school approach to mental health education. Although the pack is several years old, much of the information is still relevant. A supporting addendum has been produced to include up to date information and signposting to new media resources. To access the supporting addendum click here.

CYP MH Framework and PMA: maps the Positive Mental Attitudes Resource to the NHSGGC Child and Youth Mental Health Improvement Prevention and Early Intervention Framework.

Mental Health Awareness-Raising

Basic Mental Health Session & PowerPoint

Loss and Grief Session & PowerPoint

Sleep Session & PowerPoint

One Good Adult Session & PowerPoint

On Edge Self Harm Awareness Resource Pack

Important Information

We have updated some of the information within the On Edge: Learning About Self Harm resource pack. The pack can be used with upper primary aged children onwards.

We have included three supporting documents which includes an information sheet to highlight what has been updated and two appendices:

Appendix 1: Policy context to illustrate On Edge links to some of the key health, education and youth work policy drivers

Appendix 2: A mental health resources handout which gives information on a range of additional resources that can support child and youth mental health improvement activity.

Updated Info

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

CYP MH Framework On Edge: maps On Edge Learning About Self-Harm Resource to the NHSGGC Child and Youth Mental Health Improvement and Early Intervention Framework.

Self-Harm Information for Parents and Carers

Self-harm among young people is a significant and growing public health problem. On average two teenagers in every secondary school classroom will have hurt themselves in response to the pressure of growing up in an increasingly complex and challenging world.

The On Edge Self Harm Awareness Resource Pack is for teachers and professionals working with young people and has been developed in partnership with mental health and education professionals and funded by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It includes teaching support materials and further information in the form of sign-posting to external resources and advice services, references and linked where relevant to the Curriculum for Excellence and other national guidance.

It comprises four lesson plans to accompany the video links and is designed to give pupils a rounded view of self harm and the support available. Each lesson builds on the previous one. To achieve the best results they are best delivered in the correct order within a four week period.

On Edge: Dean’s Story

On edge. Learning about self-harm. Dean’s Story from IRISS-Mindreel on Vimeo.

Lesson Plans to support this video via MindReel.

On Edge: Millie’s story

Lesson Plans to support this video via MindReel.

Transforming Mental Health Resources

We have developed the ‘Transforming Mental Health Resources’ to support the implementation of the NHSGGC Mental Health Improvement and Early Intervention Frameworks for adults and children and young people.

The resources illustrate what the frameworks can look like in action to encourage partners from across sectors to utilise these tools when planning for mental health improvement. They provide information on a range of mental health issues from depression, suicide, self harm, body image, and loss, and grief as well as including a Top Ten Tips for Resilience poster. 

Child and Youth

Adult

Nature and Mental Health

Nature can be found all around us, from local parks and gardens, to lochs, forests and oceans. Aspects of modern life, however, mean that people are having less contact with nature. This is often due to increased time spent indoors on screens, and decreased outdoor recreation activities. It’s also because the environments around us, like our schools or workplaces, don’t tend to encourage contact with nature.

Research shows that having access to green spaces is linked to a reduced risk of mental health difficulties, improved mood and increased life-satisfaction. Being outside in nature has other benefits too, like improved concentration, reduced stress, increased physical activity and better overall health.

Our ‘Green Spaces of Greater Glasgow and Clyde’ resource highlights the local green spaces across the area and provides tips and resources on boosting wellbeing by being out in nature.

Climate Change and Mental Health

Climate change and mental health are two of the most significant and pressing challenges that we all face today. The two are also linked in more ways than many of us may realise, with climate change negatively affecting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people around the world. According to a recent survey by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 60% of respondents said that climate and ecological emergencies affect their mental health. Without intervention, these impacts will likely get worse.

In November 2021, we held an event, ‘Our World, Our Wellbeing’, to look at the impact of climate change on mental health, how we can best support people through these anxious times, and what steps we can take to look after both our world and our wellbeing.

A summary of the event, useful resources, and available climate-change specific support can be downloaded below:

Our World, Our Wellbeing Event Report

Mental Health in an Equal World

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2021 was mental health in an unequal world. It was chosen to highlight the range of inequalities that people around the world experience – inequalities that can have a real impact on people’s mental health. 

To mark the day, we wanted to imagine a world in which everyone has an equal opportunity to live well and experience good mental health, without stigma and discrimination. So we asked people to join us in creating a shared vision for mental health in an equal world. 

Through a survey that was shared with the general public and professionals across our networks, we gathered your views on what this could look like, and how we can get there.

Our two part series, In An Equal World, shares this vision.

Part One: What could mental health in an equal world look like?

Part Two: What can we all do to make that world a reality?