Innovations in Mental Health challenged frontline workers, service users and carers to come up with new ways to deliver mental health services.
Eleven projects were selected and piloted to find out how we can strengthen, support and spread good ideas so they can become effective interventions. One thing we've learnt is that cash alone is not what people want, so we provided business mentoring and support as well as funding.
We were joined in our support of these projects by various infrastructure bodies in the sector such as the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Media, Mind, Rethink and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. Together we were able to help frontline workers navigate the system and extend their networks.
We believe frontline workers need support if they're to develop ideas. Their work needs to be recognised, they need financial support and they need the time to test and prove their insights. This might mean encouraging them to take a break from the pressures of service delivery, so they can turn their insights into a service offer.