MECC Link - Simple Signposting to Better Health & Wellbeing
Introduction – What is MECC Link?
MECC Link (Beta) is simple online tool designed to provide Very Brief Intervention (VBI) and Signposting support to anyone delivering Making Every Contact Count within Yorkshire and the Humber.
MECC Link is designed to support people to embed and extend prevention and promotion of wellbeing and resilience into everyday practice by providing:
- Easily accessible information on key healthy lifestyle topics
- Suggested open questions using the Ask, Assist, Act model
- Information on a range of primary self-care tools and resources
- Signposting to recommended national and local support services.
- On opportunity promote a social movement for MECC #MECCithappen
Who has developed MECC Link and why?
MECC Link has been developed Yorkshire and Humber MECC Community of Improvement (CoI) to support and promote lifestyle behaviour change at scale within the region. The MECC Community of Improvement is jointly sponsored by the Y&H Directors of Public Health Network and the Y&H Public Health England Centre.
The MECC CoI identified that a further support was required within the region to support the workforce to have the confidence and capability to undertake the type of Very Brief Interventions (VBI) required to give people information needed to inspire positive change, and/or direct them where to go for further help with our local communities.
Where can MECC Link be used?
MECC Link has been designed to be used by all organisations and any individuals that are utilising the Making Every Contact Count approach to support people to make positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. In essence MECC Link can be used within any opportunistic point to open a conversation about health and wellbeing.
MECC Link complements all MECC Training, whether this is tutor-led, blended or online only. MECC Link has been designed to include a range of suggested very brief intervention style open questions using the Ask, Assist and Act model which flows directly into primary sources of self-care, national support and local support (where available).
When is MECC Link available?
MECC Link is available as a beta release from Monday 20 November 2017. MECC Link launches with content on a full range of mental and physical health and wellbeing resources within it, including: Smoking, Alcohol, Mental Wellbeing, Suicide Prevention, Healthy Diet and Health Weight, Physical Activity, Sexual Health, Social Isolation and Loneliness, Falls and Frailty and Affordable Warmth. As MECC Link is a ‘beta’ release, we will be evaluating the effectiveness and use of the system over the next two months.
Access is via the following URL: www.mecclink.co.uk.
MECC Link – FAQ
Q, What is Making Every Contact Count?
A, Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Q, Is MECC Link available as a mobile app?
A, Not at present however it has been designed to support any connected mobile or tablet device. A mobile app would require constant updating to ensure that the data within MECC Link was kept up to date. The provision on a mobile enabled website allows us to keep the data within it constantly updated.
Q, Can I include a link to ‘MECC Link’ on our website?
A, Yes, please use the URL www.mecclink.co.uk. There are no restrictions in place or brand identity guidelines at present however we would recommend the following description to be used:
‘MECC Link’ is a simple signposting tool, designed to support a social movement for health using the ‘Making Every Contact Count’ approach within Yorkshire and the Humber. ‘MECC Link’ includes simple and accessible signposting to a range physical and mental wellbeing interventions including self-care tools/resources and sources of support from local and national services.
Q, I have an enquiry regarding MECC Link or MECC Training who can I contact?
A, Please contact Chris Sharp, Workforce Development Manager, Y&H PHE Centre. Email firstname.lastname@example.org