Mental Health & Prevention

Action for Happiness

Do you want your organisation to be part of a social movement promoting positive mental health in Northampton?

Northampton’s General Practice Alliance is promoting Action for Happiness to increase positive mental health in Northampton

Positive mental health:                                                     

  • Increases creativity and productivity
  • Reduces sickness absence
  • Increases healthy behaviour
  • Most interventions are low key and easy to implement
  • Following the GREAT DREAM actions can improve individual and corporate wellbeing
  • Poor mental health has a negative economic cost.
  • Supporting managers and Human Resource leaders to better understand mental health will benefit both employees and businesses

To find out more, visit http://www.actionforhappiness.org/about-us/happiness-at-work

Also visit our Northampton Action for Happiness Facebook page, for details of local activity, events and courses.  

We are especially looking for partners to help us promote Action for Happiness across Northampton and wider – be part of something GREAT! For further information please visit the Action for Happiness website via the link above, or contact us on info.gpalliance@nhs.net.

Great Dream

Everyone's path to happiness is different.
Based on the latest research, Action for Happiness have identified 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make life happier and more fulfilling. Together they spell "GREAT DREAM". 

For each of the ten keys, you'll find information, questions, resources and suggested actions to help apply them in your daily life.

All you need to do is follow this link: 

http://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys

Happy Cafe

On 14th June 2018, local independent business, Dapper Sandwich Company, became Northampton’s first Happy Cafe as accredited by international charity, Action for Happiness. The launch event was held at the cafe, earlier this month.

The concept of a happy cafe is to create a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and well-being. Dapper Sandwich has a range of literature, posters, pamphlets and postcards relating to happiness on display - and Action for Happiness supporters can identify themselves to each other by wearing a lapel badge available at the Café. There will also be a schedule of monthly events to help promote happiness and well-being in the community.

Heather's Cafe - Northampton

There is now a second happy cafe to have opened in Northampton. Heather's Cafe in Kingsley Park Terrace. 

Heather's hosts weekly craft groups, chronic pain support groups and the Northants fifty plus network, which meets on the last Friday of the month at 2pm. You can also just pop in when you want to. As part of the Happy Cafe Network we aim to get people feeling happier, and that starts with a smile and a chat.

To find out more click here

Well-being Action Plan

As a federation we are promoting people to know how to take care of themselves, And be able to access self-management resources especially to promote positive well-being

The enclosed well-being action plan highlights some of these resources and also put them within the framework of the five ways to well-being : Giving, Relating, Exercise, Awareness and Trying something new.  In particular we also recommend people to review the Action for Happiness website.

Writing an action plan can improve your well-being. Your GP/nurse may highlight some things they think could be included. However it is your well-being plan and you are in control. Start today at the by clicking the link and look at it regularly to help you to stay on track.

My Well-being Action Plan

Depression Pathway

Dr Smart is also working on Suicide Mitigation training with member practices. This links in with GP Surgeries being able to spot signs of suicide and depression using a tool on GP systems. To learn more, follow the link below

Find out more

The Depression Pathway aims to:

- Alleviate or remove the symptoms of depression

- Build personal resilience in Northamptonshire people

- Promote Happy workplace where people are supported and enabled to return to work

- Reduce suicide in Northamptonshire

Dr David Smart, GPA director and lead in Mental Health created the Depression Pathway and explains the primary outcomes of the pathway below:

- Identify depression quickly and accurately
- To provide safe and effective treatment appropriate to the individual that support choice, hope and opportunity to enable them to have control over their recovery.
- To co-produce with people who have lived experience how best to develop and promote the pathway.
- To promote physical health/holistic care of people with depression.
- To involve carers/friends and family and workplace how best to support peoples recovery.