A Plan for a Healthy City: Mental Health Improvement
Newcastle City Council is working on developing a plan for a healthy city. You are invited to join us in a workshop on 6th October 2016 9:30 – 12:30 at Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6HQ.
The workshop will be an interactive exploration of how we can develop a plan for a healthy city with a focus on improving mental health.
The development of a plan for a healthy city is in the early stages and we would really value your input into this. Below are some of the initial thoughts and principles that are driving this plan.
Some initial thoughts on developing a plan for a healthy city
The plan will outline and prioritise the actions required to improve health in Newcastle upon Tyne
The plan will not be a new strategy but will provide clarity on how the strategies that already exist will contribute to improving health such as:
Wellbeing for Life Strategy
The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan
Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Health and Social Care Commission recommendations
The plan for a healthy city will:
Identify what our existing strategies mean for people
Identify clear and measurable deliverables
Develop greater consensus, collaboration and community ownership
Within this we need to articulate what actions are required for achieving good mental health including (this is not an exhaustive list);
How can we use parks and greenspaces be used to optimise good mental health?
How can we use urban spaces be used to optimise good mental health?
How can we use the infrastructure of Newcastle including transport and housing to optimise good mental health?
How can we use an asset-based approach to achieve good mental health?
How can we ensure that all jobs or employment opportunities in Newcastle are high quality and health promoting? Can we define what constitutes good working conditions?
How do we develop a set of indicators that not only provide measures of mortality and morbidity, but also include measures of social inclusion and connectivity in recognition of the broader wellbeing and health needs of the population?
The process in developing and sustaining a plan for a healthy city
The process will one of coproduction and generating connectivity between individuals and agencies/organisations.
We will be action focussed and concentrate our efforts on the doing
We will develop a shared and meaningful language that does not define physical good health and mental good health from a deficit model.