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Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool Training - Wellington


Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool Training - Wellington

Mental wellbeing is not the mere absence of mental illness. It is the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and respond to the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing that respects the importance of culture, diversity, equity, social justice and personal dignity and the basis on which individuals; whanau, hapū and iwi and communities are able to thrive. Well individuals contribute to well whanau, communities, schools and workplaces, economies and societies. The social, economic, cultural and psychological determinants that contribute to mental wellbeing are broad ranging. Public and social policy, urban planning, the law, the environment and human rights all impact on mental wellbeing. Assessing the positive and negative impacts of public policy and services can contribute to a more mentally healthy, inclusive and equitable society.

What is Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment?
Developed in the United Kingdom, the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) is rooted in the Health Impact Assessment methodology. Its principal aim is facilitating healthy public policy. With a specific focus on mental wellbeing, MWIA methodology is used to assess whether government, non-government agencies’ and private sector's policies, programs, projects and proposals have a negative or positive impact on the population in terms of wellbeing.

It identifies factors that are having, or have the potential to have, a negative or positive impact on mental well-being. Once identified, actions and indicators are developed to maximise positive outcomes and provide ways to measure this impact going forward. MWIA provides a structured, evidence based analysis of how policies, proposals, programmes and projects might influence mental health and well- being. With ever increasing policy emphasis on well-being, this tool provides an ideal methodology for supporting system reform to a well-being focus.

Predominantly the use of MWIA tool is for non-health sector agencies as the determinants of mental wellbeing are within the scope of agencies outside the health sector.

Education and training opportunities


Food security


Income support

Leisure and recreation

Personal and community Safety

Public Transport

Social connection

Social inclusion and community cohesiveness

Social support

Volunteering and community

Examples of how a Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment could help inform and influence mentally health public policy, planning and service delivery:

Child poverty reduction
Identifying essential mental wellbeing measures to be in included in child poverty reduction outcomes

Climate Change
Resiliency for coastal or drought prone communities to adapt to the impact of climate change and the increase in extreme weather events?

Community advocacy
Using MWIA to inform political or social advocacy or public submission to central, regional or local government.

Education Policy
Mental wellbeing impacts to be considered when Boards of Trustees develop and implement an exclusion from school policy

Employment preparation
Psycho-social considerations when designing work-ready or community based employment options for those receiving income support

Employment relations
Impact of split shifts on workers and their whanaus' wellbeing?

Wellbeing support initiatives for individuals and families in transient, short term or crowded housing situations.
Incorporating mental wellbeing principles in social housing design e.g colour schemes, use of natural light, access to services and public transport

Major Infrastructure projects
Mental wellbeing implications of a new expressway through an existing community

Disaster recovery planning
Short, medium and long term psycho-social interventions required after a major disaster e.g. an earthquake
Improving timely insurance assessment and payout processes to mitigate against further distress and possible mental illness

Public Transport
Impact of public transport service planning, service withdrawals, timetable changes or fare increase on low decile public transport users
Strategies to reduce peak hour congestion

Urban Planning and design
Design of green space to facilitate physical activity, leisure and recreation and social connection.
Incorporating positive mental wellbeing principles in new housing and suburb developments.

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool Training
Become competent in undertaking a mental wellbeing impact assessment. Register for the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Tool six-day training program.

​Workshops Outline:
Workshop 1: (2 days)

Overview of Mental Wellbeing

Evidence based approach to the Social, Economic, Psychological and Cultural Determinants of Mental Wellbeing

Overview of the Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment & Introduction to the Toolkit

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment framework

Screening – Deciding should you carry out an MWIA?

Scoping – How you will carry out the MWIA

Appraisal process – Gathering and assessing the evidence

Identification of potential positive or negative impacts

Identification of indicators

Identification of recommendations and writing the report

Examples of how MWIA can be applied

Establishing the MWIA question, what impact do you want to assess and who do you want to influence with the assessment

Identification of participants MWIA projects

Identifying project partners

Establishing stages and timeframes

Where to find the evidence

Action esearch, literature review and consultation processes

Mentoring and buddy scheme for projects

Workshop 2 (1 day)

Screening and scoping of MWIA

Appraisal process - gathering and assessing the evidencE

Identification of potential positive and negative impacts

Finalising Participants' Projects

Workshop 3 (1 day)

Identification of indicators and recommendations

Writing the MWIA report

Participants' projects progress updates and peer review

Workshop 4 (1 day)

Using the MWIA report to influence change

Evaluating Impact

Presentation by Participants of their Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Report

​Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Projects
Participants will be supported to undertake a mental wellbeing impact assessment on a work related project. The training program is spread over six months giving sufficient time for participants to progress their assessment and to receive peer review and feedback on each of the training days.

Course Dates - 2019
Workshop 1: Monday 29 & Tuesday 30 July (2 day workshop)
Workshop 2: Tuesday 3 September
Workshop 3: Tuesday 15 October
Workshop 4: Tuesday 26 November

Maximum Number of Participants: 20
If workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Minimum Number of Participants: 10
TaylorMade Training and Consulting reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled a full refund will be given.

This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered.

Two full scholarships will be offered for each location. Eligibility for the scholarships will be for participants from NGO, community or voluntary organisations.

Partial subsidies may be offered on a case by case consideration. For further information on scholarships or partial subsidies contact Barry Taylor

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you are no longer able to attend the workshops please cancel your registration as soon as possible. Full refunds less $200 admin fee will be offered if you cancel before 15 April. If you cancel after 15 April you are able to transfer your registration to another person but no refund will be given. If you withdraw from the course after the first workshop no refund nor transfer of registration is not permitted.

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending. DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION.

If you are not transferring the registration to another person then cancel the registration.

Accommodation and Travel:
This course is non-residential. It you are not from Auckland it is your responsibility to organise and pay for you own accommodation and travel.

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Email: YmFycnkgfCB0YXlsb3JtYWRldHJhaW5pbmdjb25zdWx0aW5nICEgY29t
Mobile: 022 470 1852
Office: 04 905 6145

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