This is the fourth work package in the Public Mental Health programme and focuses on identifying promising public mental health interventions which improve mental health in adults. This work includes evidence reviews of promising public mental health interventions and mapping current practice in local authorities across England. The findings from this project will inform research conducted in Phase 2 of the PMH programme.
This project is divided into two parts: (1) evidence reviews of PMH interventions, and (2) mapping current practice in identified local authority areas.
Identifying best current published evidence
The research team will rapidly review the evidence for effective PMH interventions within three key areas where knowledge gaps in the effectiveness of PMH interventions have been identified:
- Community interventions targeting adults facing psychosocial adversity or crises, including debt, housing, job loss/insecurity and their impact on mental health
- Interventions targeting older adults, including community interventions which support individuals facing life transitions such as retirement, bereavement, or new caring responsibilities.
- Interventions designed to improve the mental health of adults from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.
Mapping current provision of PMH interventions in local authorities
The research team will map current provision of PMH interventions in 4-5 purposively selected areas of England to summarise the current provision of PMH in diverse areas of England.
Within each area, the research team will conduct internet searches of policy documents, guidelines, government services, and third sector organisations to identify programmes offered. The team will contact local authorities and staff at third sector organisations to get further details about the programme, where possible, including target population, intervention content, and known outcomes. Where possible, the team will evaluate the provision and reach of these interventions against local mental health indices and measures of deprivation.
Lee C, Kuhn I, McGrath M, et al; the NIHR SPHR Public Mental Health Programme. A systematic scoping review of community-based interventions for the prevention of mental ill-health and the promotion of mental health in older adults in the UK. Health Soc Care Community. 2022;30:27– 57. https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13413
Duncan, F., Baskin, C., McGrath, M. et al. Community interventions for improving adult mental health: mapping local policy and practice in England. BMC Public Health 21, 1691 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11741-5
McGrath M, Duncan F, Dotsikas K, Baskin C, Crosby L, Gnani S, Hunter RM, Kaner E, Kirkbride JB, Lafortune L, Lee C, Oliver E, Osborn DP, Walters KR, Dykxhoorn J; School for Public Health Research Public Mental Health Programme. Effectiveness of community interventions for protecting and promoting the mental health of working-age adults experiencing financial uncertainty: a systematic review. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2021 Apr 30;75(7):665–73. doi: 10.1136/jech-2020-215574. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33931550; PMCID: PMC8223661. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2020-215574
Publication: Baskin C, Zijlstra G, McGrath M, et al Community-centred interventions for improving public mental health among adults from ethnic minority populations in the UK: a scoping review BMJ Open 2021;11:e041102. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-041102