Stay Alive: Grassroots Suicide Prevention App

Stay Alive is a suicide prevention app which offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.

Key features include:

  • Quick access to national crisis support helplines
  • A mini-safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide
  • A Life Box to which the user can uploads photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • How to help a person thinking about suicide
  • Suicide myth-busting
  • Research-based reasons for living
  • Online support services and other helpful apps
  • Suicide bereavement resources
  • Click here to link to more information on the Grassroots website.#Stay Alive 


Kings Fund Library Update

Health and Wellbeing Boards Bulletin:

Guidance, policy and research: District council’s contribution to public health

In partnership with District Councils’ Network, we have produced a set of slides that illustrate the key role played by district councils in keeping us healthy. Please feel free to use them in your office, in documents or presentations. These slides are based on ‘The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity’, an independent report written by The King’s Fund but commissioned by District Councils’ Network.

district_councils_public_health_jan_2015 These slides are based on The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity, an independent report written by The King’s Fund but commissioned by District Councils’ Network.

district-council-contribution-to-public-health-nov15 This report was commissioned by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) in 2015. Its intention is to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the role of district councils in improving the health of their citizens and communities. It focuses on district councils’ role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles.


Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. These documents support the local implementation of MECC activity and the development of training resources

Implementation guide: MECC_Implementation_guide_FINAL                                                         Training checklist: MECC_Training_quality_marker_checklist_FINAL


Public health outcomes framework: February 2016 data update

The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system, and groups further indicators into four ‘domains’ that cover the full spectrum of public health. The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live, but on how well they live at all stages of life. This update uses recent data to update indicators and includes equalities and inequalities breakdowns for some indicators.

Updated indicators:,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH34N,1

Public Health Outcomes:,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH34O,1


Health profiles: February 2016 data update

These profiles have been developed to improve availability and accessibility of health and health-related information and they provide a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. This update uses recent data to update some of the indicators.

Updated indicators:  Health_Profiles_online_tool_updates_February_2016                                     Public Health England:,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH36D,1


Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities

There is growing recognition that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities, which merits the attention of local authorities. Building on the latest evidence, this guide set out a range of actions for effectively combating loneliness.

Guide: Guide_ combating loneliness


Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

The arts are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

Report: PHE_Arts_and_Health_Evaluation_FINAL















Healthwatch Southwark

You may remember back in November 2015 an invitation to participate in a survey regarding the usage of A&E services at Kings or St. Thomas’. This is just a reminder that the survey will conclude February 2016 so please take the time to complete it.

Access the survey here:    Please feel free to share the survey with family, friends and community groups too!

If you have any questions about our A&E work , please contact the Healthwatch Southwark team on 020 7358 7005 or email

Thank you

Child and Maternal Health

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Knowledge update:  5 February 2016


National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network news
Child Health Profiles for local authorities 2016 We recently asked for your feedback to help us develop Child Health Profiles 2016. You can now read the feedback and our response. The profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally. This year, we’ll be publishing the Child Health Profiles on 15 March 2016.

Children’s public health 0-5 years – national reporting following the transfer Public Health England (PHE) has published data from the interim reporting system to collect health visiting activity at a local authority resident level. The data covers quarter 2 of 2015/16 (July to September 2015). Information is presented at a local authority, PHE centre and England level.

In the News

We do not accept responsibility for the availability, reliability or content of these news items and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.

NSPCC: 96% say support for children after abuse “inadequate” In a survey of more than 1,000 professionals working with children after abuse, over 50% said that tight criteria to access local NHS mental health services means these children are increasingly struggling to access vital help.

NSPCC: Getting the right support early is vital if children are to recover from abuse This blog post from the Chief Executive of NSPCC argues that the government must increase the number of vital services that can help children move forward towards the future they deserve.

NHS Choices: Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens “Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated,” The Daily Telegraph reports. This ‘Behind the headlines’ article examines the evidence behind this report.

NHS England: Thank you for today The Chief Nursing Officer for England marks Young Carers Awareness Day, which recognises more than 700,000 young people in the UK who provide care and support to family and friends.

Home Office: Landmark law to tackle psychoactive substances passed A landmark Bill to end the trade in harmful psychoactive substances and protect young people in the UK from the risks posed by these drugs received Royal Assent today.

Children & Young People Now: Self-harm in youth custody on the rise Annual youth justice statistics collated by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) show that in the year ending March 2015 there were 1,315 incidents of self-harm in custody.

NHS England: Abi’s story…life as a young carer In this blog post to mark Young Carers Awareness Day, a young carer describes the selfless sacrifice she, and many others like her, make to look after loved ones.

More of the same? A report on how voluntary sector youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS) are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda Last March, a Government taskforce proposed greater investment in voluntary sector Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) as a way of addressing the current inaccessibility of mental health services for young people. This report examines how YIACS are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda, focussing on a number of themes, such as integration and co-production, that will determine the success of CCGs’ Transformation Plans from the voluntary sector’s perspective.

It’s time campaign report This report sets out the thinking behind NSPCC’s It’s Time campaign, which is calling for every child and young person who has been abused to get the help they need to rebuild their life. It summarises the available evidence on the number of children who are abused, the impact child abuse can have and how the right support can help turn lives around. It also looks at the current shortfall in the provision of therapeutic services and outlines what needs to change.






Let’s Carry on Talking…

The 4 February was Time to Talk Day, the national campaign from Time To Change to encourage and get more people talking about mental health.

Over 17,000 conversations about mental health have already been logged today and #timetotalk has been trending on Twitter.

There are loads of events taking place across England and if you’d like live updates on what’s happening you can follow Time to Change on Twitter and Facebook 

So keep the conversations going and keep the nation talking.



Change to Drop-In Times

As of today, we’ll be changing our drop-in times here at the Southwark Wellbeing Hub.  Monday 8th February our Hub at 29 Peckham Road will be open for drop-ins Monday to Friday, 12pm-5pm. Our Pop Ups will continue to run as usual, at various locations throughout Southwark. Details of our Pop Ups, Hub drop-in times and other contact information can be found here:

 All Southwark Wellbeing Hub services, including our drop-in, are open to Southwark residents and to anyone who is  registered with a Southwark GP. We provide information and support for anyone in Southwark experiencing problems with their mental wellbeing. Our drop-in service provides an opportunity for people to talk through their concerns, find out more about what we offer, and receive information about services and support available to them.


Suicide Prevention – latest information from Public Health England

Check out Prof. Kevin Fenton’s blog on Suicide Prevention.

Also attached are a couple of  links to PHE National tools and resources on suicide prevention


The Welfare Reform and Work Bill: welfare reform update by LGiU

The Welfare Reform and Work Bill/  welfare reform update:


The Welfare Reform and Work Bill (here) was introduced into the House of Commons on 9 July 2015; it is scheduled to become law before the start of the new financial year in 2016

  • The Bill consists of several parts, one of which is of provisions relating to changes to welfare benefits; other parts include new duties on the Government to report to Parliament, the repeal of most of the 2010 Child Poverty Act, and changes to rent policy in social housing
  • Local authorities will no longer be required to devise child poverty reduction strategies
  • Some of the largest reductions in welfare benefits spending will be through reductions in the allowance thresholds for in-work benefits and increasing the rate at which benefits are withdrawn as income rises; other large reductions are to be made through a four-year freeze on the most important working-age benefits
  • Another very significant change is the abolition of the work-related activity component of ESA, meaning a loss of £29 per week for people claiming ESA for reasons of illness or disability
  • Rents in social housing will be reduced by one per cent a year for four years resulting in a 12 per cent reduction in average rents by 2020-21.  This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf