Advocacy Toolkits and Resources

On this page are links to various toolkits and resources produced by our partners and other organisations. ISAD does not accept responsibility for the content of external sites.

BBC Action Network team

Whether it is stress at work or clinical depression, one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life. But this costs the economy an estimated £11.6bn a year, according to one report, and some argue that our mental health system is still failing its patients. This briefing outlines the problems facing mental health patients, what is being done to change the system and how you can get involved on mental health issues, both nationally and in your community.

A Positive Outlook: A good practice toolkit to improve discharge from inpatient mental health care

From: Care Services Improvement Partnership
This publication provides practical guidance and innovative practice examples to help local services improve discharge and reduce the level of delays experienced by adults and older people in mental health services.

Pathways to Policy Toolkit
The Mental Health Foundation and the Hamlet Trust have produced Pathways to Policy, a toolkit for voluntary organisations and service user groups. The toolkit aims to enable service users to make their voice heard in the development of mental health policy.

Drawing on the experiences of a 5 year programme, the toolkit provides guidance on establishing a mental health policy 'forum' to enable people experiencing mental distress to have a genuine voice in policy-making. It provides a step-by-step guide for user groups to working in partnership with other stakeholder organisations and aims to help them to:
  • prioritise local mental health issues
  • develop action plans
  • raise awareness.
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Mental Health Association in Texas
2006 Toolkit

Head start information and publication center

This is a US web resource. The Head Start Information and Publication Center (HSIPC), is a service of the Office of Head Start. It supports the Head Start community and other organizations working in the interest of children and families by providing information products and services; conference and meeting support; publication distribution; and marketing and outreach efforts.
The Mental Health Toolkit: Mental Health Resources for Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) includes information about child mental health, mental health in the workplace, state level contacts, federal level contacts and contacts for organisations representing health professionals.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

A site provided by The United States Dept of Health and Human Services.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) are pleased to introduce six Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Resource Kits to encourage the use of evidence-based practices in mental health. The Kits were developed as one of several SAMHSA/CMHS activities critical to its science-to-services strategy. We expect to identify additional practices for future Kits. The Kits contain many useful resources, including:

  • Information Sheets for all stakeholder groups
  • Introductory videos
  • Practice demonstration videos
  • Workbook or manual for Practitioners