Welcome to Calderdale’s Mental Health Promotion Alliance
The aim of the alliance is to share information, best practice, knowledge and skills to promote positive mental health and reduce stigma throughout Calderdale. Members enter into the alliance for mutual benefit, to share examples of mental health promotion they are undertaking and to support others to do the same.
What is an alliance?
An alliance is an agreement between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests.
Why form an alliance?
The Calderdale Mental Health Promotion Alliance has been formed to meet the objectives set out in the national mental health strategy, No Health without Mental Health [external site] and the local response, No Health without Mental Health Programme for Calderdale (DOC, 464KB).
The strategy’s theme is that mental health is everyone’s business, whether employers, education, third sector or criminal justice and it takes a life course approach covering children and young people, adults to older people, in order to:
- improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population and keep people well, and
- improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high quality services that are equally accessible to everyone.
The national strategy has six objectives:
- More people will have good mental health
- More people with mental health problems will recover
- More people with mental health will have good physical health
- More people will have a positive experience of care and support
- Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
- Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination
This alliance aims to meet objectives one and six and will do this by providing information, advice and examples of best practice, structured into areas that cover a person’s life course, in line with the theme of the national strategy. These are:
- Starting well: families and young children
- Developing well: children and young people
- Living well: community settings
- Working well: workplaces
- Aging well: older people
The National Mental Health Development Unit mental wellbeing checklist (PDF, 100KB) will be used to structure the above areas, focusing on:
- Enhanced control
- Increased resilience
- Supportive community assets
- Opportunities and encouragement to participate
Who should get involved?
Anyone who has an interest in promoting positive mental health in Calderdale should consider joining the alliance. Members will be able to share examples of mental health promotion they are undertaking and to support others to do the same. You can share your examples of best practice by submitting them here
The following organisations are currently part of the alliance:
- Local NHS mental health services provided by the Trust
- Black Minority Ethnic Groups (BME)
- Calderdale substance misuse service
- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Calderdale
- Young people’s services
- Neighbourhood scheme
- Health visitors
- Job Centre Plus
- Voluntary Action Calderdale
- Forum 50 +
If you would like to become part of the alliance please complete the membership form
Page last updated on September 18th, 2012