Guidance and Publications

The Mental Health Recovery Star - Price List

The Recovery Star tool, which was recommended by the Department of Health New Horizons programme (2009), has been developed for use in adult services. As a key-working tool it enables staff to support individuals they work with to understand their recovery and plot their progress. As an outcomes tool it enables organisations to measure and assess the effectiveness of the services they deliver.

No Decision About Us, Without Us

In 2011, the coalition government published their Mental Health Strategy (‘No health without mental health’). This strategy set out a vision for improving mental health in England only, for the whole population. Mental health service providers welcomed the strategy, but believed that more action was needed if it is to be implemented successfully and its ambitions realised.

This guide to influencing support for service users, carers and the public has been developed by Afiya, Mind, NSUN and Rethink Mental Illness.

Social Investment in Mental Health - An Introduction for Providers

In partnership with Big Society Capital, we have developed an introductory guide, Social Investment in Mental Health, on the basics around social investment.

If you would like to know more, or if you’d like to discuss broader ideas in which social investment could be used to create better outcomes in mental health, please get in touch with Geetha Rabindrakumar, Head of Social Sector Engagement at Big Society Capital on

Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published July 2016, outlines the changes people will see on the ground over the coming years in response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations to improve care.

More Than Shelter

This literature review, by Centre for Mental Health in association with MHPF and Royal College of Psychiatrists, reviews evidence about the provision of supported housing services for people with mental health problems in England.

Dementia, Equity, and Rights Report

Dementia has historically not been associated with equity and rights, as it is a term used for a range of different conditions that physically affect the brain and often referred to as an organic brain disease. And even though anyone can develop dementia, some groups have higher prevalence rates and experience greater disparities in the care they receive and the support that is provided to carers. The report Dementia, Equity, and Rights addresses these inequalities and provides recommendations on how to provide care better.

The Interface Between Dementia and Mental Health

This review, by the MHPF and the Mental Health Foundation, aims to to explore the relationship between dementia, mental health and mental health problems.

The main finding of this review is that co-morbidities are underdiagnosed in people living with dementia, not extensively researched and therefore not understood fully. The relationship between dementia and mental health problems is not well documented, and extensive searching found relatively little literature on the challenges or experiences associated with living with this co-morbidity.

Implementing the Early Intervention in Psychosis Access and Waiting Time Standard: Guidance

This guidence published by NHS England and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence ( NICE ) on improvements for people experiencing first episode psychosis, one of the key mental health access and waiting time standard areas, aims to support ongoing local implementation of the standard by CCG commissioners and mental health providers, working collaboratively with service users and their families, carers and other partners.


NICE Guideline: Psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people: recognition and management

This guidline, published by the National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE), on Psychosis and schizophrenia in children and young people aims to improve early recognition of psychosis and schizophrenia so that children and young people can be offered the treatment and care they need to live with the condition.

This guideline includes recommendations on:

Service user involvement and co-production

Clinks created a guide for service user involvement and co-production. The guide is designed to give practical tools needed to develop an involvement programme and approach which places service users at the heart of the provider’s organisation. 

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