A partnership is working out how we can do more across Oxfordshire to support and improve mental wellbeing for all.Mental wellbeing is about getting the most from life, staying well, and feeling connected to those around you and where you live.EndFragmentEndFragment
We have looked at four things that have a real impact on mental wellbeing, as well as wider factors in our communities that affect how we stay mentally well.
Rethink Mental Illness
And organisations from across Oxfordshire have signed up to do that with the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
Elmore Community Services
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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxfordshire County Council
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Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
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Where we live, learn, work and play, how we feel physically and how secure we are emotionally and financially can have an impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
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Analysis tells us that across all age groups there are many things that impact directly on wellbeing. Access to green spaces and being active, economic stability, health, and a good work and life balance can all influence positive mental health.
For some, these have been directly affected by the limitations we faced
during the pandemic.
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to accessing green spaces which we know improve mental wellbeing.
We know everyone is different and respond differently to life’s challenges.
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Oxfordshire residents when surveyed said that they had felt anxious the day before.
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National figures suggest that of those who are middle-aged, those who are unmarried, and with long-term health conditions are more likely to be lonely.EndFragment
Young people (age 16-24) are more likely to report being lonely than any other adult age group. It is the younger renters, with less of a sense of local belonging, who are most likely to experience loneliness.EndFragment
We know that communities and partnerships working together and putting mental wellbeing at the heart of policies and planning is the solution.
It is possible to make a difference.
Less access to support can mean people also don’t use what is available. We need to reach people at specific ages or certain life stages that need support before they access formal healthcare.EndFragment
We need to reach those in need at key life points and before they access formal healthcare.
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Understanding the full effect of COVID-19 on mental wellbeing will help us improve understanding and remove the barriers to access.
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We need to build back fairer from COVID-19.EndFragmentEndFragmentEndFragmentEndFragment
We need to understand more about need.EndFragment
Local level community data means we can better understand issues and use it to inform plans.
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Active Reach has been supporting residents facing barriers to activity across the county, including in Blackbird Leys, Greater Leys and Banbury.
Cherwell District Council in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind
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Delivers a programme working with primary school children in year five and six to help them understand more about stress, anxiety and self-esteem. EndFragment
The sleep campaignEndFragment
Delivered by Oxfordshire Communications Group it looked at the impact of COVID on us and how it affected our sleep. It was aimed at frontline professionals and volunteers.
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Move together has supported those who have been shielding as well as people with long term health conditions.EndFragment
Delivers a buddying programme to adults with learning disabilities, promoting wildlife and nature activities.EndFragment
Across the county, many initiatives already provide practical and emotional support to help.
Our work will bring communities and best practice together to deliver a fairer Oxfordshire – building on those that exist and adding and supporting others to bridge the gaps we identify.
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Female studentswith experience of food poverty, who were preparing for exams, or who had previously accessed support weremost at risk of reducedmental wellbeing.**across southern England
COVID-19 has further increased the
impact of these experiences.
Isolation, particularly for older residents, is likely to have had multiple impacts on physical wellness, strength, mobility and social confidence.
Many of us went online for work and to socialise, but Age UK reported nearly 2 million over 75s across the country remained digitally excluded.
are most likely to struggle with sleep and to feel lonely. During the first lockdown, 41% of Oxfordshire pupils in year 13 (age 17-18) reported being too worried to sleep.EndFragment