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Thai boxing champion and athlete mentor Rachael MacKenzie

Thai boxing champion and athlete mentor Rachael MacKenzie

More mentally healthy schools and colleges as programme grows

A ground-breaking programme to support the mental health of children and young people in schools and colleges in Greater Manchester is to double in size.

The Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme is expanding to include 125 schools, colleges and pupil referral units. It is currently running in 64 educational settings.

The programme offers pupils training to become mental health champions and the chance to work alongside athlete mentors. School staff are also being given the skills to become mental health first-aiders.

Expansion of the programme means one in ten schools in Greater Manchester is now supported by the project. 

The programme is a collaboration between Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the Alliance for Learning Teaching School Alliance (part of Bright Futures Educational Trust), the Youth Sport Trust42nd StreetPlace2Be and local children and adult mental health services.

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Top marks for Greater Manchester CCGs

Three Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been named outstanding by NHS England.

Bolton, Tameside and Glossop, and Salford CCGs were all rated as outstanding in NHS England’s CCG Annual Assessment, published on 11 July.

To put this remarkable achievement into perspective: only 24 CCGs in the country, out of a total of 195, have received this top accolade.

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The health of people in Greater Manchester is improving, thanks to our ambitious and wide-ranging programme.

You can find out more about how we’re helping transform the health of the city-region’s population in the recently published update report on Greater Manchester’s Population Health Plan 2017-21.

It describes the progress that’s already been made while looking to the future, outlining our next steps.

The report highlights some impressive achievements, including:

200 more children starting school at a good level of achievement in 2018, compared to the previous year.

An additional 250 babies being born to non-smoking mothers.

46,500 fewer people smoking compared to two years ago - the rate of smoking is falling twice as fast as the national average.

And that 67,000 more people were physically active in 2018 than in 2016.

The report also sets out how we’re building on these accomplishments through further collaborations with a range of local, regional and national partners to address some of the key issues which impact on people’s health. This includes action on the environment, education, housing, work and transport.

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We would like to talk to you about suicide


Shining a light on suicide

We would like to talk to you about suicide and would appreciate a few minutes of your time to complete this survey. It has been designed to test awareness of some suicide prevention activity which has launched across Greater Manchester.  

Your responses will be treated confidentially and anonymously. We understand that suicide can be a difficult issue for many and there is no obligation to take part. If at any point during the survey, you feel you cannot continue, we will understand – you do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to.  

If you feel you would like to speak with someone at any time, please contact Samaritans who are available 24 hours every day on 116 123

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“It’s so easy to put on a front. We need to get behind the mask”

LGBT advisor to the Mayor of Greater Manchester Carl Austin-Behan has given his backing to the #shiningalightonsuicide campaign. 

He’s taken the time to explain why he thinks it’s so important for us all to be able to talk about suicide and to examine how the issue affects members of the LGBT community.

Read Carl’s blog

Shining a light on suicide


Smoking rates in Greater Manchester fall to a new low


New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown a significant drop in the number of people smoking in Greater Manchester.

The number of smokers in the city-region fell by more than 27,000 in a single year – with the percentage of the population who smoke dropping by 1.3% to 16.2% in 2018.

This is faster than the national average reduction of 0.5%, meaning we are closing the gap with the England average.

In 2017 we set ourselves the ambition to reduce the number of smokers by at least a third by 2021. If successful, this will see the percentage of people who smoke fall from 18.4% to 13% or below – resulting in at least 115,000 fewer smokers.

A reduction of that level and pace has never been achieved by any other major global city. Yet, these new figures show we are on track to meet our bold target.

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Health and care champs praised at awards night

Awards night

Eleven individuals and teams have been celebrating after taking home gongs from the Greater Manchester Health and Care Awards, for their hard work to improve the health and wellbeing of people in their local communities.

The award ceremony took place on Thursday 4 July at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Among the winners was Practice Nurse Janine Hussey, who was crowned the People’s Champion after receiving nominations from several patients.  

Janine is not only a dedicated and inspiring Practice Nurse, she actively supports her local food bank and trains nurses from another practice on her days off. Janine has established great links with the local LGBT community and has been known to help her patients with shopping and cooking during her home visits.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, was present to hand out the Mayor’s Special Recognition Award. This year it was awarded to Faye Larkin who sadly died at the end of 2018.

Faye worked with clinicians and commissioners to help establish a Borderline Personality Strategy across Greater Manchester. She also used her own first-hand experience to design a questionnaire for A&E departments. These ‘iStatements’ have really helped improve how our urgent care colleagues review and look after patients with mental health issues.

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Congratulations to Sarah Price

Our executive director for population health and commissioning Sarah Price has been included in a list of the UK’s top 25 most influential women in healthcare by Pharmaceutical Market Europe.

The publication highlighted Sarah’s work that has helped Greater Manchester move away from a ‘picking up the pieces’ approach towards population health and preventative care, “a radical switch that is needed to help people manage their health and keep healthcare sustainable.”

World Mental Health Day Interfaith Service

Manchester Cathedral is set to host the inaugural World Mental Health Day interfaith service on Thursday 10 October at 6.30pm.

The service will bring together people of all faiths from across Greater Manchester to commemorate World Mental Health Day

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