Improving access to mental health support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage – latest evaluation report

Mental ill-health is both a cause and a consequence of multiple disadvantage. Getting help with mental health can be an essential part of the journey towards a fulfilling life. But for people affected by multiple disadvantage accessing appropriate mental health support can be challenging. Addressing this is a key strategic priority for the Fulfilling Lives programme.

The latest report from the national evaluation of Fulfilling Lives investigates the barriers to getting mental health support faced by people experiencing multiple disadvantage. The report examines the response of Fulfilling Lives partnerships and presents evidence and learning from five in-depth case studies. The Fulfilling Lives partnerships present their recommendations for how change can be achieved.

The report draws on independent evaluation findings and insights from the Systems Change Action Network (SCAN) – a group representing the programme leads from each of the Fulfilling Lives partnerships.

You can read the full report here and summary here – links to separate case studies are below.

VOICES’ Care Act Toolkit

Fulfilling Lives Newcastle and Gateshead’s Respond training

Opportunity Nottingham’s specialist mental health workers

WY-FI’s flexible psychological therapy service

Golden Key’s lived experience involvement in the local mental health strategy

If you’d like to read the summary, report and case studies in one document, click here.