Detailed needs assessments

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Needs AssessmentMental health and wellbeing is fundamental to our ability to flourish as individuals and as a community. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives and those with more severe and enduring mental health problems can experience significant inequalities.

This (2019) needs assessment helps us to understand the mental health and wellbeing needs of the population of Swindon and will inform the commissioning and provision of services.

It also explores the inequalities experienced by those with mental health problems and makes recommendations to improve mental health and wellbeing in Swindon. This needs assessment informed the development of a mental health strategy and action plan.

Public Health England have produced a suite of Mental Health profiles and accompanying interactive data tools which have the latest Swindon data in them.  These profiles include the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.


Suicide is a major issue for society and a leading cause of years of life lost. When someone dies by suicide, the effect on their family and friends is devastating and many others involved in providing support and care will feel the impact. In Swindon a suicide audit has been carried out regularly since 2009 and the findings used to review and update a local suicide prevention strategy.

The 2019 Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Strategy outlines the commitment of B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW)
Partnership, formerly known as the Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) to work together to reduce suicide throughout the area.


Gambling related-harm

Harmful gambling is defined as any type of repetitive gambling that disrupts or damages personal, family or recreational pursuits. It can have many and varied impact, including on an individual’s physical and mental health, relationships, housing and finances, and affect a wide range of people, such as families, colleagues and wider local communities. In 2018, a rapid health needs assessment was undertaken to discover more about the impact of problem gambling in Swindon and the current support services available.


Further resources

Please see the Swindon JSNA children and young people page for information on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Swindon.

Other resources

JSNA Annual Summary – Mental health and wellbeing

The JSNA Annual Summary contains a section on mental health and wellbeing which can be accessed below. This summary page is only updated in March each year.


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