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12S: Promoting Mental Health and Well Being with Colleges and Universities in Lothian Lothian Mental Health and Well Being Team Rachel King

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1 12S: Promoting Mental Health and Well Being with Colleges and Universities in Lothian Lothian Mental Health and Well Being Team Rachel King

2 Overview 12S work part of Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Sense of Belonging Strategy “Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging”. Deepak Chopra

3 What is 12S…. Pilot project from ; mainstream S= 12 Settings- 6 colleges, 6 universities Initially, a partnership between Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and NHS Lothian and Mental Health Foundation Became part of new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy- Sense of Belonging, 2011

4 Project Aims Raise awareness of mental health and well being within college/ university settings Increase partnership working and understanding Develop expertise to deliver and facilitate training and education Extend and develop networks within and across agency boundaries Share learning within and beyond Lothian

5 Project Overview Three key areas Mental health promotion- for students and staff, population approach Mental health inequalities -looking at specific needs within key population groups Partnership development- cross sector communication, understanding and working

6 Small Grant Schemes Built on the learning and outcomes from the 12S Pilot Focused on: 1.highlighting wellbeing 2.building partnerships 3.developing networks 4.training and capacity building 5.settings approach 6.senior buy-in

7 Having a Well-Being Focus Is a challenge for organisations Shapes the way discourse and development happens Brings diverse range of staff/ interested people into the work Does not stand as a focus on its own Means new connections are made

8 What Next? Work continuing- groups, training, events, planning, creating Links to other agencies- national, local, third sector Today is also about posing a question- how to keep a well-being focus and culture within pressured settings?


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