The strategy provides a framework for the community to work together towards better mental wellbeing across the Bailiwick.
The strategy was approved by the States of Deliberation on 27 February 2013 (Billet d'État III) and is a community strategy, led by the Committee for Health & Social Care.
The strategy sets out the priorities to be addressed across all members of the community, regardless of age or mental health and wellbeing needs and seeks -
'To promote mental wellbeing across the community, support vulnerable people, and ensure that appropriate and effective treatment is provided for people who need it'
To implement the strategy a whole community approach has been adopted which the business community, the third sector, community organisations, individuals and carers, has embraced.
In 2015, an implementation plan to deliver the strategy from 2017 onwards was commissioned to establish the actions to be taken to achieve those aims and the Mental Health & Wellbeing Plan for Guernsey 2017-2020 is to be published.
If you would like further information or have any questions on the strategy please email StrategicPolicy@gov.gg.
What is the MH&WBS?
- The Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy is a community strategy that sets out how to improve islander's mental health and wellbeing.
Who is the strategy for?
- The MH&WBS is an all ages strategy and covers the whole community.
What do you mean by mental wellbeing?
- To have good mental wellbeing means people are be able to cope with any life challenges or problems and make the most of opportunities. Mental wellbeing is linked to, but is not the same as mental ill health and includes how satisfied people are with their lives as a whole and whether people have a sense of control and purpose in life.
What are the issues the strategy is seeking to address?
- The strategy aims to encourage and enable all islanders to manage their own mental and wellbeing health through raising understanding and awareness of the issues, challenging stigma and discrimination, addressing any gaps in care and support needs. Alongside this, the strategy aims to ensure that vulnerable islanders and those that are carers are supported with appropriate and tailored care.
What are the strategy's priorities?
- The strategy focuses on the following areas:
- Promoting good mental health and wellbeing across the whole population;
- Supporting people to manage their mental health better; and
- Acting to meet people's needs with appropriate and flexible services.
How will this strategy affect residents in Alderney?
- The strategy is a Bailiwick wide strategy and supports the implementation of the Mental Health (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2010, so will include supporting Alderney to improve mental health and wellbeing for its residents.
What is a community strategy?
- Improving mental health and wellbeing is complex, and requires the engagement of the whole community: adults and children; service users and service providers; the States, the voluntary sector, and the business community. The strategy outlines how the community might go about working together to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Who will be involved in delivering this strategy?
- Although, the Committee for Health & Social Care leads on implementing the strategy, they are working alongside the other States' Committees of Home Affairs, Employment & Social Security, Education, Sport & Culture and the Policy & Resources Committee, community representatives from the charity and voluntary sector and businesses, as well as GPs and private practitioners.