Maike Gatzlaff – Project I

The impact of poor mental health on individuals, the community and services 

Mental health issues are prevalent within the Bradford District, with a mental ill health epidemic affecting children and young people (CYP). Mental health support has been identified as a top priority by community stakeholders in the Holme Wood area of the District. These stakeholders report a range of issues including problems with accessibility to support, fragmented and poorly coordinated services, and insufficient resources. Stakeholders suggest the focus is on crisis management rather than early intervention. There is general recognition across the system that tackling these issues will result in better outcomes at the individual and community level, and could potentially offer savings in health, social care and policing costs. Thus, long-term solutions are needed in order to improve mental health support. 

This project aims to better understand gaps in mental health provisions available to the Bradford District and Holme Wood by: (i) mapping mental health inequalities and service accessibility and (ii) interrogating datasets (e.g. the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children and Born in Bradford) to better understand factors (e.g. alcohol and drug use) that influence mental health in CYP. Interactive maps will be used to aid in communication with policymakers, service providers, and local residents. The goal is to enable evidence-based policymaking and use data science to inform possible interventions that can improve mental health on the Holme Wood estate.