The study involved professionals across the adult community learning and mental health sectors, and adult learners who have lived experience of mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
The research fellowship investigated:
- The shared values and benefits of collaborative working between the primary care mental health service and adult and community learning sectors,
- What a shared vision of collaborative working between the two sectors could look like, and
- What the key leadership characteristics are needed to make such a vision the reality.
The findings suggests that sector leaders can revitalise thinking about the sector’s capacity for its own development, as well as about its impact on mental health and wellbeing systems. It concludes that responsibility for collaborative ways of working needs to be shared across different organisations and stakeholders, from central government, local partners and professional disciplines, to local communities. Adult community learning’s critical leadership role should be to accept their own responsibility and mobilise other stakeholders in building a shared purpose. It should also be part of their role to broaden the narratives about both the purpose and potential of adult community learning and the discourse about mental health, from narrow medical approaches.
You can download the slides from the webinar here: Adult community learning and mental health primary care