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  Job roles, contact details and other information may be out of date.

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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. 

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.

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool
MWIA provides a structured, evidence based approach to assessing and improving the effectiveness of policies, proposals, programmes and projects. MWIA is rooted in Health Impact Assessment methodology and focuses on the factors that have a negative or positive impact on mental wellbeing. Actions and indicators are developed to maximise the positive and provide ways to measure the positive impact over time. With an ever increasing policy emphasis on wellbeing, this tool provides an ideal methodology for supporting system reform to a wellbeing focus. 

The 2011 2nd edition tool and reports of its use can be downloaded at  

The Mental wellbeing check list is a useful, simple way of referring to the evidence based protective factors for mental wellbeing, the wider determinants of mental wellbeing and the groups most vulnerable to poor mental wellbeing. The checklist is derived from the MWIA toolkit and can help in planning, commissioning or reviewing any work to ensure that mental wellbeing is being considered adequately.

Five ways to Wellbeing As part of the Foresight Mental Capital and Well-being project, the new economics foundation was commissioned to develop evidenced based messages for individuals to protect their wellbeing in line with similar public health messages e.g. 5-a-day for healthy eating. These are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give

State of Mind  PCTs have been working with the Rugby Football League on the innovative State of Mind initiative. This developed when former player Terry Newton sadly took his own life. It aims to enable local rugby league clubs to pursue community wellness, mental health improvement, prevention of suicide and substance misuse. It aims to ensure a healthier environment with resultant positive benefits for the club, players, staff, supporters and the community. The current league round is dedicated to mental health and there has been extensive local activity at clubs .