WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Mental health

bitc-logo-400x400Mental Health Toolkit for Employers

Business in the Community

Mental health is an integral part of how we feel about our jobs, how well we perform and how well we interact with colleagues, customers and clients. With 1 in 6 employees currently experiencing mental health problems, mental health is an essential business concern. There is a strong relationship between levels of staff wellbeing and motivation and performance. Taking a positive, proactive approach to mental health at work can help you grow your staff and your organisation. Read more



Mental Health at Work Report 2016

Business in the Community

Business in the Community undertook a national survey to understand the reality of how mental health is experienced at work.  The survey results reports that progress is being made but there is a need for greater organisational awareness of the support required for better mental health at work. Significant and potentially damaging disconnects exist that demand an urgent response from business. Read more


wy-fi-alone-rgb-200dpi-hi-resWY-FI and mental health services: 15 months on

Based on research undertaken by WY-FI, around 80% of the multiple needs population are likely to experience mental ill-health, whether or not it is formally diagnosed.

Early evidence from the project has shown that there has been most difficulty in engaging with mental health services in general. The paper below summarises the findings and learning of the project during its first 15 months of delivery. It highlights the main findings from work undertaken with Out of Character Theatre Company, as well as case studies and anecdotal evidence. Published December 2015 Read more

logo_revolving_doorsUnderstanding the whole person

Revolving Doors Agency

This new report highlights common themes in research into recovery from mental illness, recovery from substance misuse, and desistance from crime, based on the literature in three different disciplinary fields. Because many people experience multiple and complex needs, it is important to understand the cross-cutting themes as well as the distinctive areas. This review finds important lessons for policy and service delivery. Published November 2015 Read more

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People’s experiences of help, care and support during a mental health crisis
Care Quality Commission

The CQC review explores the lived experience of people during a mental health crisis and the response they received when they reached out to services for help and support. It shows variations and inconsistencies in the quality of care given and considers some of the good practices e.g. street triage pilots, and it contains testimonials by Experts by Experience. Published June 2015 Read more

Race Equality Foundation Logo WebMental health crisis review – experiences of black and ethnic minority communities

Race Equality Foundation

Race Equality Foundation, commissioned by the Care Quality Commission, has conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with black and minority ethnic people, who had experience of crisis care. The areas were: Ealing, Lambeth, Northampton, Sandwell and Southampton. The report presents the results of this work and provides an insight into patient experience of mental health crisis care from a BME perspective. Interestingly, it acknowledges that the Eastern European community had been particularly challenging to access, despite being the largest ethnic minority group in some areas. Published June 2015 Read more

web-public-health-england-1024x718No health without justice, no justice without health

Public Health England Health & Justice Report 2014

The report details recent changes in the health and justice system, and discusses the public health needs of people in prisons and other prescribed places of detention. It shows that this group experience a number of health inequalities, including suffering a higher proportion of mental health and substance misuse problems than the general public. It argues that improving health in prisons can help deal with entrenched inequalities, ultimately benefiting the health of the communities to which prisoners return, while tackling substance misuse problems in prisons also helps to reduce re-offending rates. Published June 2015 Read more

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