mental health services

Public participation in planning and implementing health care has become a government mandate in many states. In UK mental health services, this 'user involvement' policy dates back nearly three decades and has now become enshrined in policy. However, an implementation gap in terms of achieving meaningful involvement and influence for service users persists.

This Introduction to... briefing gives a brief overview of the adult mental health (AMH) system, and the legislation and guidance that covers the structure and delivery of services. It is aimed at people who have little or no experience in this area.

Briefing that sets out the policy context around tackling homelessness and addressing the mental health needs of homeless people. It also examines what considerations need to be made when planning, designing and delivering mental health services for homeless people and highlights examples of good practice.

Children's and families services guide 44. This guide is for all staff working with young people with mental health problems who need to move from one service to another that is, to make a 'transition'. In the guide you will find underlying principles, information about making services accessible and easy to use, transition planning and practice, working together, and performance management and monitoring: all key areas where improvements will make a real difference to the lives of young people, their families and carers.