Setting Initial 

Goals & 






Setting Initial Goals & Targets

When we first begin a new team or new inspired idea we are keen to start making things happen as soon as possible but as I have documented in my previous blog posts, it is important to spend time developing the team, collecting baseline data and getting a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve.  

Once a good collection of baseline data has been collated it is really important to set some initial goals and targets to guide the team over the first year or two.  Each team member is likely to have key goals and targets in mind but it is very important to create the list of goals and targets off both team input but also directly from the range of data that has been collected.

Below are some examples of initial goal and target documents that a Community Based Mental Action Team I have worked with have created. 

Now I want to stop you now and ask you to think carefully about how you are going to identify these goals and targets.  It is all too easy to let the dominant voices on the team dictate the identified goals, but if your aim is to value your team members and ensure that each person has a voice it is important to find varied ways to reach decisions (without it always being whoever has the loudest voice & I can say that confidently as someone who often has the loudest voice).


Here are some strategies below that you can try using when trying to identify your initial goals and targets:

Now that you have some goals and targets in mind it is time to start getting some initial steps off the ground and truly begin the journey towards improved mental health outcomes across your community.

If you would prefer to chat to me in person, I am available via email, zoom or phone to come to community group, school, business or random location to discuss how you can begin to set up a cross sector approach to mental health in your setting. I can also help your problem solve any issues you are having or help you implement any initiatives you have planned.  You can also simply email me to vent about any issues you are currently facing or successes you have achieved.

IF you would like to schedule a zoom chat to me to see if we are a good fit or ask any questions click on the link below.

I also have resources available to support you or if you wish to guide yourself through the process by following this link below.


In my next blog post I will be talking about the importance of some Early Wins and some ideas for things to try.

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Have a great day! 🙂

Renee Knapp


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