New initiatives thrive at mental health conference
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.”