Men Talk Health, Mens mental health report, Lewisham

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Summary of report content

In 2018, Healthwatch Lewisham embarked on a project to find out what local men do to look after their mental health and what stops them from speaking up about their issues. They also asked for feedback of men’s experiences of local services and what could be done to enable easier access. Healthwatch Lewisham ran focus groups and this feedback was supported by a survey which was available online and in paper form. The findings of the groups and the survey show that men would value services that are shaped to suit the needs of men and recognise issues they face. Only 10% of the survey respondents agreed men receive right support for their mental health. Based on the findings from this enquiry and supported by national and local statistics, Healthwatch Lewisham collated a list of ideas that would help men experience better mental health. One of the recommendations made to both commissioners and providers was to run a campaign to raise issues of men’s mental health targeting local communities and employers would help men to maintain their mental health and seek help when needed. Commissioner specific recommendations were that the provision of free or affordable activities to those at risk of poor mental health would be key. Some of the activities that local men mentioned as beneficial were sport activities, yoga, training on how to deal/manage symptoms, meditation, and peer support groups. The recommendations notes that, as there are many activities that are held for females only, it could be an advantage to offer the same for men. For the providers, the recommendations included the suggestion that it would be helpful to provide meaningful ways for men to provide their feedback and be actively involved in shaping the mental health services they use. Quick access to services when needed with caring staff who listen to patients and clearly explain treatment options and a care pathway is also recommended as being key in improving men’s experience of services.

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General details

Report title 
Men Talk Health, Mens mental health report, Lewisham
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Lewisham
Date of publication 
Friday, 10 August, 2018
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 10 August, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 10 August, 2018
Type of report 
Annual report
Key themes 
Access
Administration
Admission
Booking appointments
Communication between staff and patients
Consent to care and treatment
Continuity of care
Cost of services
Diagnosis
Engagement
Health inequalities
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Quality of appointment
Quality of treatment
Referrals
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff training
Support
Waiting times and lists for treatment
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6964

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
Primary research method used 
Focus group
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Counselling/improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT)
Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
Eating disorder services
Mental health crisis service
Mental health recovery service
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Social care services 
Drug & alcohol services
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
N/A

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
108
Age group 
All
Gender 
Male
Ethnicity 
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not applicable
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not applicable
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
N/A
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Yes
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.