Webinar Using the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment tool during COVID-19 pandemic - Video

Webinar Using the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment tool during COVID-19 pandemic - Video (Version 1.0)

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The aim of this webinar was to provide an introduction to Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment and to explore its value in understanding impacts and identifying actions which will help to build resilience and mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental wellbeing, particularly in vulnerable population groups.

MWIA is an evidence-based toolkit that enables organisations to identify, demonstrate and improve their impact on mental wellbeing. Developed over 10 years by a collaboration of specialists, the MWIA Toolkit has been used extensively around the world. It was highlighted as a good practice tool in the UK Mental Health Outcomes Strategy (HMG 2011) and the European Mental Health in all Policy (MHiaP) initiative, 2017.

The MWIA toolkit aims to identify the specific influence of an event, programme or policy on the mental wellbeing of a defined population. To do this, it explores the positive and negative effects of the event or programme on protective factors for mental wellbeing, local population characteristics and wider determinants of wellbeing. Suggestions for action in response to the findings are then identified to promote the positives and mitigate the negative impacts.

In terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, using the MWIA toolkit will provide insights about actual and/or likely impacts on population mental wellbeing which will help shape responses, policy development, and recovery planning.

This webinar provided an overview of:
• MWIA principles and process (this will include its relation to health needs assessment)
• Two case studies demonstrating the application of MWIA in the pandemic
• Contexts in which to apply MWIA such as recovery planning, second wave planning and ongoing management of outbreaks.
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