West Midlands Combined Authority is planning to convene a Mental Health Commission in spring 2022. We need to learn from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on mental health and wellbeing, and understand what action can be taken to respond to those wide and deep impacts.
The Commission will include leaders from key sectors including local authorities, the NHS, the business sector, sports, the criminal justice system and academia, as well as those who have experienced the challenges presented by the pandemic. It will work with all our communities to understand what we action we can put in place to tackle those challenges.
Ahead of the Commission being established, WMCA commissioned BVSC Research, the Institute for Community Research & Development at the University of Wolverhampton and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University to undertake a ‘listening exercise’.
This was held to understand more about the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of communities across the region and to capture some initial community feedback on potential areas of focus for the Commission.