Living it Up describes itself as an online self-management hub, which aims to empower people to improve their health and wellbeing. Aimed at the over 50s, the resource is packed full of ideas and activities and is useful for those with long-term health conditions, those who provide care and anyone who wants to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. It is driven by a collaborative community approach.
A Better Life was a major five year programme of work developed by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which explored how to achieve a good quality of life for older people with high support needs. This briefing has been produced by Iriss to ensure that the messages and challenges of A Better Life are understood in the context of the current policy drivers in Scotland and are translated into practice across the country.
Note: A subsequent development of Imagining the Future saw the creation in November 2014 of a scenario planning tool in which we explore four different worlds that might emerge depending on the interplay of social, political and economic factors.
WITTY is a free iPad app which enables people to visually map positive assets and factors they have and can better engage with in day to day life.
Whilst we have provided this tool on an iPad you could create a paper version yourself using A3/A4 paper and images and objects you have to hand.
Mental health is a public health priority. Lee Knifton and Neil Quinn of the University of Strathclyde assembled a team of international experts to summarise the evidence base and ask key questions on topics ranging from community development to public mental health in schools to recovery and well-being. The result is stimulating and comprehensive book which was launched at the University of Strathclyde on 2 May 2013.
For more information on the "Using an assets approach for positive mental health and well-being" project, please see the Asset Mapping project blog. Please note that the report is available for download in both PDF and EPUB versions above, in addition to being reproduced in full below.