A Weight Off Your Mind: Building Active Communities

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Weight Off Your Mind – Building Active Communities

Supporting people with lived experience of mental health conditions and learning disability to access physical activity and weight management opportunities in their community.

Background

People with severe mental illness face 3.6 times higher mortality rate than the general population. This is even higher in some parts of North East England. To address this inequality, service users, provider and partners have collaborated to produce a weight management plan for those in contact with mental health services in the North-East “A Weight Off Your Mind”. (WOYM)

The WOYM plan was launched in January 2018. Work is ongoing to meet the objectives in the plan over the next 3 years. This builds on the excellent work both Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) have already done in relation to going smoke free by further addressing the physical health needs of this population, who often experience significant health inequalities.

In England, only 57% of adults report that they undertake the recommended 150+ minutes of physical activity each week. In the North East this is even lower at 52.9%. People suffering from a serious mental illness have been shown to be less physically active than the general population. The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths each year globally.

Feedback on the benefits of being physically active from people with lived experience of mental health conditions:

“Exercise improves and changes the way I think and helps me cope with my thoughts.”

“I’ve found a focus in exercise and found medication side effects can be managed through exercise.”

“Feeling fitter but the biggest improvement has been in my mental health.”

(NTW service users 2016)

Event Aim:

  • To bring together stakeholders/providers from across the system to improve access to physical activity and weight management and help build an active, inclusive community.
  • To raise awareness of the barriers to accessing physical activity and work towards reducing these barriers.
  • To be part of a collaborative project to tackle health inequalities.
  • To network with partners and local providers and get to know each other’s systems to shape this work in your local area.
  • Build the outcomes from the workshop into physical activity strategies and delivery pilots on addressing health inequalities.
  • Be part of a whole system conversation “What can we do differently with the current resources available?” and “How can we strengthen partnership working?”

Event Objective:

  • To build partnership working to support people with a lived experience of mental illness and learning disability to access physical activity and weight management opportunities in the community.
  • To develop a shared action plan for each geographical area to take forward over the next 12-24 months.

Who is the event for?

All stakeholders, commissioners, practitioners and providers with a role in developing policies/strategies for obesity and/or physical inactivity and providing physical activity and weight management interventions/services/groups in the community including NHS, CCGs, NHS Trusts, Local authorities, public health, community and voluntary organisations. People with lived experiences of mental illness and learning disability to provide feedback on the barriers and support discussions to overcome barriers.

The WOYM Steering Group would like to invite you to join us at this workshop to further progress this important work, focussing on community provision. Your contribution would be very much appreciated, we hope to have good spread of representation from each geographical area.

Registration will close on 8th February 2019, places will be confirmed following this.

Contacts:

For further information please contact:

  • Lisa Davies, Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager – CVD, Public Health England Lisa.Davies@phe.gov.uk
  • Jo Phillipson - Network Delivery Manager, Mental Health Clinical Network, NHS England j.phillipson@nhs.net
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