New ini­tia­tives thrive at men­tal health con­fer­ence

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A SE­NIOR West Mid­lands Com­bined Au­thor­ity of­fi­cer joined an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence to learn from the best new ini­tia­tives in men­tal health.

WMCA well­be­ing lead of­fi­cer and Dud­ley Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Sarah Nor­man is lead of­fi­cer for the Thrive West Mid­lands pro­gramme to im­prove men­tal health in the re­gion.

She is took part in the In­ter­na­tional City and Ur­ban Re­gional Col­lab­o­ra­tive ( I- CIR­CLE) meet­ing in Philadel­phia and New York, in line with com­mit­ments made at the Thrive launch in Jan­uary.

I- CIR­CLE is a ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive, sup­ported by the In­ter­na­tional Ini­tia­tive for Men­tal Health Lead­er­ship ( IIMHL), where cities and ur­ban re­gions from eight coun­tries work to­gether to solve prob­lems and share in­no­va­tions.

Sarah said: “We are com­mit­ted to learn­ing from the very best prac­tice glob­ally and this is a fan- tas­tic op­por­tu­nity through the Thrive Cities net­work.

“I’m very ex­cited about bring­ing back new ideas we can put into prac­tice here in the West Mid­lands and will be re­port­ing to the WMCA Board about what comes out of the visit and how we can ben­e­fit from it.”

Nor­man Lamb MP chaired the WMCA Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion, whose work pro­duced the Thrive West Mid­lands ac­tion plan.

He said: “There are sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to get­ting global recog­ni­tion for the WMCA ap­proach to whole sys­tem lead­er­ship and it re­in­forces the com­mit­ment of the West Mid­lands to im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives by mak­ing com­mu­ni­ties health­ier and more pros­per­ous.

“I am re­ally keen to build a global net­work of cities pur­su­ing am­bi­tious pub­lic men­tal health strate­gies so we can learn from each other and build up mo­men­tum.”

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