Improving Wellbeing through Healthy Lifestyle Choices
IMPROVING WELLBEING THROUGH HEALTHY LIFE CHOICES
Lessons from a West Midlands initiative with Health Trainers and Psychological Therapy Practitioners
National Mental Health Development Unit
Kate O’Hara Programme Specialist, Well-being and Public Mental Health, NMHDU
Maureen Murfin Health Trainer, Training and Workforce Development Lead, DH
Roslyn Hope Workforce Advisor, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, NMHDU
New developments in ‘Talking Therapies: A four-year plan of action’ sets out approaches to training and delivery of psychological therapies broadening the benefits of talking therapies to people with physical long-term conditions or medically unexplained symptoms.
Improving wellbeing through healthy life choices provides some key learning to help Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services collaborate with, in this case Health Trainer (HT) services, to improve access for clients to make physical and mental healthy life choices. Well-being as a positive outcome in improved physical and/or mental health is of prime concern to both HT and IAPT programmes.