ISBN: 1851127178

Mental Health and Social Exclusion: Social Exclusion Unit Report

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Social Exclusion Unit

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Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

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In Spring 2003, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister asked the Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) to consider what more could be done to reduce social exclusion among adults with mental health problems. The project focused on people of working age, and considered two main questions:
• What more can be done to enable adults with mental health problems to enter and retain work?
• How can adults with mental health problems secure the same opportunities for social participation and access to services as the general population?

This report is the outcome of a wide-ranging study that has drawn on:
• a detailed review of literature and research, including seven commissioned literature reviews;
• a written consultation, which received over 900 responses from people with mental health problems and carers, the voluntary sector, health and social care bodies, local authorities, housing, employment and benefit services;
• seven consultation events around England, attracting 500 people, to seek the views of people with mental health problems and carers;
• four local area research studies to provide an in-depth understanding of delivery issues. These took place in Bromley/Penge in London, Peterborough, Liverpool and Northumberland. Meetings were held with a range of stakeholders, including people with mental health problems, carers, staff from the statutory and voluntary health sector, social care, employment, housing and education services;
• over 50 visits around the country to schemes that are already tackling the problems highlighted in this report; and
• close liaison with government departments and key stakeholders, including voluntary and public sector bodies

The beneficial role of Arts, Sports and Leisure activities were recognised but it was also acknowledged that systematic reviews of the social, clinical and cost benefits of participation in arts in mental health programmes were needed. (p89)

The SEU’s remit covers England only. However, the project has drawn on lessons from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is likely to be relevant throughout the UK.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Mental Health

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Social Exclusion Unit (2004). Mental Health and Social Exclusion: Social Exclusion Unit Report. London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.