A9: Improving mental health at a population level
– what can we learn from the UK and Sweden

Tuesday 21 June 2022 | 11:00-12:30

Format: Presentation
Stream: Population and Public Health
Content filters: Co-presented with patients, service users or carers

(Part A) Quality and safety improvement in mental health: learning from England’s national programme

This session will describe how complex quality and safety issues have been tackled at national scale in England. We will share the learning from work to tackle restrictive practice, sexual safety, mental health inequalities and staff wellbeing – all designed and led through the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the first national improvement work in mental health in England.

Amar Shah, East London NHS Foundation Trust; England

(Part B) Society wide collaboration for mental health in Sweden

Improving mental health of a population cannot be done by healthcare alone but requires whole society engagement. Knowledge and methods for improving mental health are abundant but are not sufficiently turned into action.

A decentralized welfare system can be an obstacle for comprehensive, coordinated, long-term improvement. To overcome this a Joint action for mental health was formed in Sweden 2019. For three years, the program has co-designed collaborative tools for engaging stakeholders from all parts of society to improve mental health. The tools were not created in preparation for the pandemic but have been effective in a time of crisis.

Ing-Marie Wieselgren, The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR); Sweden

Conny Allaskog, The Swedish Partnership for Mental Health, NSPH; Sweden

(Part C) Building structures for user-driven welfare innovations to promote mental health

Bräcke diakoni is a Swedish not-for-profit organisation that uses the opportunity to operate in healthcare and social services and at the same time engage service users in diverse innovation projects, financed by the public inheritance fund. Our aim is to develop methods, knowledge or operations that can be used to bridge gaps within and between different welfare systems.

In this session we will present a concept of civil society driven innovations, building on competence in systematic development, evaluation capability and communication skills. The concept is illustrated by two cases:

  • Parents with mental health problems who asked for parenting support

  • Parents with adult children with disabilities who co produced a method of support called “When I´m not here anymore”

Rakel Lornér, Bräcke diakoni; Sweden