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Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health

Title: Bringing Generations Together: Community Well-Being in West Lothian: Lessons from MOOD

Author (s):  Indiya Whitehead, Niki Kandirikirira, Allyson McCollam, Robert Cook

Abstract:  MOOD is a program that works with people over 55 who are at risk of developing depressionand/or other mental health problems.  It offers a diverse range of activities and resources to help prevent the onset of mental ill health and to help support individuals and their careers. This paper explores the intergenerational work of MOOD to identify its impact on community well-being.  The paper is intended to: disseminate the learning from the MOOD Community Well-Being Exemplar Project, provide reflection on the work of MOOD in the context of the evidence base for community well-being initiatives and to contribute to this evidence base, explore MOOD’s success in being able to meet its aims, and to consider how projects such as MOOD can contribute to individual and community well-being as a policy priority shared by a number of agencies.

Category: Civic Engagement/Volunteering

Keywords: civic engagement, intergenerational, community well-being, volunteering, evidence-based practice, evaluation, policy, cross-age interaction

Reference: Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health (n.d.). Bringing Generations Together. Community Well-Being in West Lothian: Lessons from MOOD [on line]. Edinburgh: SDC.

Peer-reviewed journal: no

Link to Full Texthttp://moodproject.org/reports/bringing_generations_together.pdf

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