Public mental health (PMH) is a national priority and a challenge for public health practitioners. However the evidence base regarding effective interventions for at risk adults is limited.
WP4 is part of phase one of the SPHR PMH programme. It has been designed to identify and describe promising PMH interventions in adults from literature and in practice. The purpose is to inform phase two of the PMH programme, where we will deliver larger scale, in-depth evaluations of one or two interventions for adults across SPHR.
WP4.1 Identifying best current published evidence.
We will rapidly review the evidence for effective PMH interventions meeting our inclusion criteria and move these forward to conduct systematic reviews. The specific reviews include identified areas with current PMH knowledge gaps namely
1) Community Interventions targeting adults facing psychosocial adversity or crises, including debt, housing, job loss/insecurity and their impact on mental health
2) Interventions targeting people at risk in older age (including key transition points such as retirement, bereavement, new caring responsibilities, stopping driving).
3) Evidence of interventions that targets improving the mental health of adults from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.
We will describe the types of community-based interventions employed to improve mental health outcomes. We will determine the target population, context, content, their measurement and impact on outcomes and health inequalities.
WP4.2 Mapping current provision.
We will map current provision of PMH interventions which meet our WP4 review criteria, in 4-5 purposively selected areas of England, which are geographically aligned to SPHR members and PMH programme co-investigators.
We will conduct internet searches of policy documents, guidelines, LAs, third sector organisations to identify interventions and contact them to determine their model, target population, intervention content and known outcomes. We will also evaluate the provision and reach of these interventions against local mental health indices and measures of deprivation.