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  Job roles, contact details and other information may be out of date.

For further information please contact champscommunications@wirral.gov.uk

To view and register for the latest Mental Health and Wellbeing -related conferences, workshops and events please visit the c-event page

Children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing needs assessment: Merseyside
A needs assessment has been produced by Liverpool Public Health Observatory (LPHO) and commissioned by the Merseyside PCTs. The report addresses the factors that contribute to positive and negative emotional health amongst children and young people, these are explored under six priority area headings, developed by the Children’s Society, and include having 'the conditions to learn and develop’ and ‘a safe and suitable home environment’. The needs assessment seeks to paint a picture of need across Merseyside. Click here to give your feedback on the report.

Top tips for getting started in asset based working
champs has been working with localities on using asset based approaches to improving health and wellbeing. Asset based working is about valuing and building on people's strengths, skills and resources rather than working from people's deficits, problems and needs.

champs ran an asset learning programme that brought together teams from Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, Sefton, Warrington and Merseycare. The programme increased people's knowledge of the different approaches and provided an opportunity to reflect and progress local implementation. The sessions helped to bring clarity to local direction and all went away with plans in place to implement further work. This briefing on Top tips for getting started in asset based working is a summary of the learning from the programme and will hopefully help others wanting to adopt this approach. Click here for feedback from session 3. 

Happy? Ok? Sad? Warrington launch awareness campaign
"Happy? OK? Sad?" is the mental health recognition/awareness campaign for Warrington residents that went live on World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2012. The aims of the campaign are to make people aware of:
• simple things they can do to look after their mental health
• symptoms of common mental health problems, so people can recognise when
they might need help or support
• services that can offer information, advice, support or treatment
Anticipated future phases of the campaign include raising awareness of mental health issues amongst health professionals through training and developing "Happy OK Sad" materials specifically for prisons.
For more information about the campaign click here or contact: Caroline Jenkins on caroline.jenkins@warrington-pct.nhs.uk

Consultation on Joint Health and Well Being Strategies
Heart of Mersey has submitted a response to the current consultation on Joint Health and Well Being Strategies Draft Guidance. This is available to view on the Heart of Mersey website.

Discussing mental wellbeing during brief intervention
champs have launched a new easy guide to discussing mental wellbeing during brief advice and interventions. Our research has revealed that staff lack confidence in raising mental wellbeing at opportune times as part of Making Every Contact Count, despite mental wellbeing being an underpinning factor in people’s health and health behaviour. The new guide focuses on the positive actions people can take – such as the Five Ways to Wellbeing and also signposting to other services that can help with issues such as managing finances and employment. Two easy to use tools are included. 

Measuring Mental Wellbeing - The champs  WEMWBS Challenge

  • Is mental wellbeing important to your clients?
  • Does your service/ intervention have an impact on people’s mental wellbeing?
  • Have you tried measuring mental wellbeing?

In order to achieve a consistent and comparable approach and to understand and improve best practice champs recommends that WEMWBS (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale) is used across Cheshire and Merseyside, where appropriate, to measure improvements in mental wellbeing.

To find out more about WEMWBS please read this document.

champs would like you to try using the short-WEMWBS questionnaire to measure wellbeing and our challenge is to get 30 projects to take this up. Please help us with our challenge by taking one minute to pledge your support

Maintaining a resilient workforce during organisational change
Organisational change, economic downturn, restructuring and reform are all bringing increased pressures on organisations and the workforce. There is a wealth of evidence on what are appropriate and inappropriate responses. Inappropriate responses to workplace stress can, of course, impact negatively and cause more harm than good.

This briefing has drawn on evidence and local experience. It has been produced by the champs Mental Health & Wellbeing Leads Network working with the North West Workplace Practitioners and the North West Health & Wellbeing Programme at New Economy Manchester.

It is hoped that all departments will use the paper to self-assess and reflect on their practice.

click here to access 'Top tips to maintaining a resilient workforce during organisational change'

Preventing suicide in England
On World Suicide Prevention day, Sept 9th, the Department of Health published an updated national suicide prevention strategy. With someone taking their own life every two hours, the impact of this priority across the population is not to be underestimated. The strategy sets out six priorities and actions across many sectors and organisations. Public health departments, Health & Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning groups all have roles to play alongside wider partners such as schools, GPs and coroners. The strategy recognises the role of sub-regional networks, such as the Cheshire and Merseyside Suicide Prevention Network, and how they "could help DsPH and Health & Wellbeing Boards in developing assessments and strategies". This will be discussed at the network's forthcoming annual conference.

Work and Wellbeing
A new study Mental health in context: the national study of work search and wellbeing has been published by the Department for Work and Pensions. It shows the significant levels of common mental health problems experienced by job seekers but that this is dependent on other circumstances such as low levels of social support, poor physical health, their neighbourhood context and adverse life events. Mental health impacted on people’s beliefs about abilities to work and optimism about their future prospects. Thinking clearly impacted on people’s mental health trajectory. The report makes recommendations to staff, particularly those in jobcentre plus. Claimants most at risk are those who are male, unmarried, living in a deprived area, lacking self-confidence in work search abilities and having a child in the household. Warning signs are mostly related to the wider influence of social support, bullying or financial crisis. The study measured wellbeing using the short-Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Score (sWEMWBS) currently being promoted by champs.