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Young people and mental health in a changing world

Young people and mental health in a changing world
09 October 2018

A local NHS Trust is highlighting its work with young people as World Mental Health Day shines the spotlight on young people and mental health in a changing world.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust delivers child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across Hull and the East Riding supporting young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Having recently launched their latest Patient and Carer Strategy, the Trust is highlighting it’s work with young people to listen, support and work together to improve services.

Clinical Lead for the Trust’s CAMHS Inpatient Service, Paul Warwick said: “One in ten young people struggle with their mental health with over 70% not getting support early enough, it is important that services look at the way young people access the help they need.

“The key to changing services is with the young people themselves; no one understands what they need better than they do.”

The new Hull based inpatient unit will be equipped and staffed to support young people struggling with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, severe anxiety, psychoses and eating disorders.

Expected to be open by early autumn next year, the unit will have its own school, gym, sensory room, indoor and outdoor recreational space and specially designed areas for families to visit.

The Trust plans to work with the local community to provide bespoke, needs led care which is expected to cut the lengths of inpatient stays, lead to better outcomes for our young people and keep our young people close to the people who support their recovery.

Paul said: “In developing our new young people’s inpatient service we first listened to what young people had to say. Then, taking their thoughts and ideas, we have created a design for the new building and moving forward, young people will be an influential part of all future planning including the recruitment of new staff.

“This is a major undertaking for the Trust and in order to get it right, it is so important that we listen and work with the young people, and their families who use our services. The ideas they have come up with so far will make this a truly fantastic service.”

The Trust’s work supporting young people’s mental health is also being celebrated in this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards after earning a nomination for the ‘Innovation in Mental Health’ award.

The Social Mediation and Self-Help (SMASH) service has been recognised for its innovative and creative approach to helping young people learn about social, emotional and behavioural self-management skills.

The programme brings together health, social care, education, communities and families together in a unique partnership which delivers outstanding outcomes through evidence based group work, one to ones and family outreach sessions.

SMASH Programme Manager Emma Train-Sullivan said: “To be nominated for such a fantastic award is amazing! It’s great news for the team and schools we work with, and most importantly, the young people and their families. I find it truly inspiring to work with such incredible people.”

The HSJ Awards are one of the largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognising and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS, and showcasing them to the service’s most influential leaders.

Looking forward to the future of SMASH Emma said: “Following this news, my hopes are to expand the programme ensuring no young person is left behind, unheard, lonely or confused.

“My ambition is for our service to give every child the opportunity to build their emotional resilience and positive mental wellbeing so they can experience a sense of belonging and embrace life’s opportunities.”

Emma and the SMASH team will find out if they have scooped the award at a ceremony at the Intercontinental hotel in London on 21 November.

 

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