Mental Health

  • Mental health plummets amid COVID crisis

    10 June 2020

    Mental health has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has revealed.


  • Finding the right mindset -  and team

    14 April 2020

    Jim McManus shares his lessons for dealing with pandemics  - and presents a ‘go to guide’ on the six key elements of his COVID-19 multi-agency response.


  • Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in

    06 April 2020

    Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Changes to governance structures are needed in a time of pandemic

    31 March 2020

    Decision making is a pressing concern facing local government lawyers due to the evolving pandemic, but it is not the only one, says Helen McGrath


  • Lawyers warn Deprivation of Liberty safeguards will be 'paralysed' by pandemic

    31 March 2020

    COVID-19 will ‘paralyse’ the system of Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS), says the organisation for legal and governance council officers.


  • Health check

    19 February 2020

    Jayne Moules outlines how a group of Hartlepool agencies has developed a whole-system approach to reducing the impact of parental conflict on children.


  • Securing the foundations for change

    11 December 2019

    A five-year jointly-commissioned mental health and learning disability contract worth well over £300m offers a platform of stability that will enable long-term planning and investment, says Iain MacBeath.


  • Shaping a 21st century Jersey

    29 October 2019

    Charlie Parker arrived in the top job at the States of Jersey determined to bring in a programme of change. Heather Jameson talks to him about the scale of the task he faced and what he’s achieving.


  • Roll-out of mental health support for rough sleepers begins

    14 October 2019

    A £12m scheme to provide mental health support for rough sleepers has been launched.


  • HEALTH MJ: Younger children ‘at risk of depression’

    07 October 2019

    Younger children in the UK school year may be more likely to be diagnosed with depression by the age of 16 than older children in the year, says a study.


  • Preserving the delicate balance

    18 September 2019

    Bob Neill says that in too many cases the delicate balance between recovering what is owed to councils and providing a duty of care to the vulnerable is not being achieved.


  • Green, green grass of #HOME

    03 September 2019

    Kevin O’Keefe and Cllr Karen Shakespeare explain how an asset management plan is transforming Dudley’s green spaces and encouraging the community to help protect them.


  • Working with you, for you

    06 August 2019

    Diane Booth explains that by engaging with and seeking the guidance of its young people, Blackpool Council has been able to secure both funds and a new co-production ethic to improve the lives of its residents.


  • We will not rest on our laurels

    23 July 2019

    Waltham Forest Council won Local Authority of the Year in the MJ Awards 2019. Martin Esom and Cllr Clare Coghill believe the achievement is the result of ‘nearly a decade of relentless focus and grip’.


  • Council chiefs warn of ‘children’s mental health crisis’

    01 July 2019

    Local authority leaders have warned that social services are seeing more than 560 cases of children with mental health disorders every day – an increase of more than 50% in just four years.