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Mental health – Annual Impact Report 2023/24

Leading suicide prevention in London

Thrive LDN leads suicide prevention in London on behalf of NHS England. In September 2019, Thrive LDN launched the Real Time Surveillance System (RTSS), co-hosted by the Metropolitan Police.

This is a platform for multiple agencies that securely collects and shares real-time data on suspected suicides.

A similar model was launched nationally in November 2023 and Thrive LDN was among 15 national experts consulted on it.

  • Recording of key demographic information, including contextual and geographic links, enables preventative initiatives.
  • Capturing emerging means of suicide allows coordinated action.
  • The system makes real-time referrals to specialist bereavement support in London, enabling services to proactively contact people bereaved by suicide.
A photo featuring London leaders including the Mayor of London holding poster reading 'I've taken the training' as part of the London Zero Suicide programme.

Universal access to perinatal mental health services

In 2024, we concluded a seven-year programme in London to achieve all the ambitions for perinatal mental healthcare set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Working in partnership with the NHS in London, we have collectively ensured there is universal access to specialist perinatal mental healthcare, supported by Provider Collaboratives across the capital.

Perinatal mental health services are for women/birthing people who are planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or who have a baby up to one year old, and who experience mental health problems.

The programme we supported, which started in 2017, succeeded by creating a responsive network of professionals, peer support and experts by experience who were all determined to improve the care and experiences of women, birthing people and families.

To facilitate this work, our team:

  • set up clinical leads support and networks
  • created the first Lived Experience Practitioner programme team post to support the roll out of maternal mental health services and encourage the development of peer support for perinatal mental health
  • developed and updated a training and education plan for London to address gaps in training and education. There are now hundreds of perinatal mental health champions in the capital
  • created a dedicated webpage, podcast series, clinical guidance and newsletter
  • supported the creation of Provider Collaboratives in London.
Perinatal Mental Health Podcasts
  • Every postcode in London is covered by community perinatal mental health teams.
  • Women, birthing people and families have access to a wider range of psychological interventions
  • As of April 2024, all three London Provider Collaboratives have gone live.

Supporting free digital mental health and wellbeing for Londoners

Good Thinking, a free, NHS-approved, online mental health and wellbeing service for Londoners, is one of the mental health programmes we support.

It offers Londoners the tools and guidance to find their own path to improve their wellbeing, is available 24/7 on any device and is completely anonymous.

We work with different organisations, communities, charities, and others to create impactful content.

  • Good Thinking now has information on dealing with exam stress and bullying, created with Partnership for Young London.
  • This year Good Thinking will be launching training to support workplace wellbeing.
  • We’re also supporting a ‘train the trainer’ pilot in Newham with community organisations to raise awareness of Good Thinking by making every contact count. This will support more people to better understand and manage their mental wellbeing.

Understanding the mental health and wellbeing needs of children and young people with SEND in London

We carried out a stocktake for the London Leaders Group on the scale and range of mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in London.

Through in-depth data analysis, we:

  • outlined the current levels of need in children who come forward
  • analysed trends over the previous five years
  • estimated the current number and prevalence
  • considered wider risk and protective factors.
  • Our work identified the areas of London where children and young people with SEND have the highest level of mental health and emotional wellbeing needs.
  • It also identified the backgrounds and circumstances of those most likely to develop such needs.
  • The Leaders Group is using this information to shape plans for services and prevention.
A girl writing in a notebook