These pages refer to projects carried out to March 2015 under the former Champs Public Health Collaborative Service and the projects are now closed. Information has been retained on the Champs website for reference purposes.  Job roles, contact details and other information may be out of date.

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The Government’s Mental Health strategy recognises that “there is increasingly robust evidence that a range of innovative and preventative approaches can reduce costs by improving outcomes and increasing quality and productivity” (No Health without Mental Health, DH 2011)

champs has undertaken a review across Cheshire and Merseyside of commissioned interventions to improve mental wellbeing and made recommendations for future developments.

champs ran a workshop called Building the Economic Case, the presentations and report can be viewed here.  The workshop was followed up with bespoke local support to undertake some economic analysis/ social return on investment on key local services in the eight localities.  Two examples include the Sefton Creative Alternatives Economic Analysis and the Warrington Positive Thoughts SROI 

Reviews of cost-effective promotion of mental health and prevention of mental illness.  

Department of Health, 2011, No Health Without Mental Health Economic Case for Improving Efficiency and Quality in Mental Health

Knapp M, McDavid D & Parsonage M, 2011, Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: The economic case, London School of Economics

UCLAN, 2010, Commissioning Mental Wellbeing for all - a toolkit for Commissioners National Mental Health Development Unit and UCLAN, 2010, Commissioning Mental Wellbeing: A leadership brief for boards and senior managers, National Mental Health Development Unit

Friedli & Parsonage, 2010, Promoting Mental Health and Prevention Mental Illness: the economic case for investment in Wales Wales Mental Health Promotion Network