These pages are dedicated to all children and young people in the North of England that have experienced mental ill health, whether their own, as a young carer, or that of a close family member or friend. If you are a young person or work with young people and would like to include something on these pages, or would like to discuss anything in relation to young people and mental health please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MHNE's young people and mental health projct is funded by the Cooperative Community Fund
MHNE?s?young volunteers have been awarded ?1,500 by the Cooperative Community Fund to continue their work of raising mental health issues amongst young people in the North East.
The team of eight young volunteers work with MHNE in their spare time. The grant from the Community Fund will allow the group to produce an e-newsletter for their peers. This will contain interviews with support services, case studies of young mental health service users and carers, the latest relevant mental health news, tips on maintaining good mental health and more.
Anyone working with children and young people can contact MHNE for a free copy on 0191 492 8235 or by email to: email@example.com
The NHS Mandate for 2014/2015 has been published by the Department of Health. Improving mental health services, safeguarding arrangements and outcomes for those with disabilities and long-term conditions are to be priorities for the care of children and young people across the NHS.
From next year, the mandate says NHS England will begin planning for the role out of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme to the remaining 50 per cent of the country not yet covered by it.
The Mandate comes into effect in April 2014. Find out more here.
On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 a group of MPs debated inpatient mental health services for children and young people in Parliament.
The debate was called by Labour MP Alan Johnson (West Hull and Hessle) who, along with several others, raised their concerns around young inpatients with Norman Lamb MP.
The Journal has reported that young people in the North East are among the hardest hit by the rise in unemployment and austerity measures.
Figures from the TUC state that there has been a 20% increase in the number of 16-24 year olds out of work for over 6 months.
Added to the reduction in support to find work, rising tuition fees and the scrapping of Educational Maintenance Allowance, the TUC believe that young people have a very bleak future in the region.
Mental Health Today: Royal College of Psychiatrists call for reinstatement of children’s mental health survey
The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) is calling on the government to reinstate the child and adolescent psychiatric morbidity survey as a matter of urgency.
Them Wifies have been commissioned by “Skills for Care” to create a piece of theatre on the theme of adult social care apprenticeships. The play “Trip of a lifetime” challenges the assumptions and misconceptions many young people have relating to care/support work and those who need care and support.
Right Here is a five year project that aims to develop new approaches to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young people, with projects running in Newham, Brighton and Hove, Sheffield and Fermanagh. Young people�s participation is fundamental to how all of the projects operate. Young people work with youth workers and mental health professionals to design, commission and deliver activities
In February 2013� young people and staff of the four Right Here groups came together with mental health and youth work professionals, policy makers and supporters for �A Voice and A Choice�, a one-day event to showcase the work of Right Here, build relationships and begin to explore a way forward for the ideas�the programme has developed.
Rather than asking the question �what if we include young people as partners in planning, managing and delivering mental health and wellbeing support and services?� A Voice and A Choice asked: �What can we learn from the experience of Right Here and others about what works for young people�s wellbeing and mental health?�
The Youth Mental Health Network has published an article about several new apps designed to offer support to young people.� The article looks at 3 apps:
1.The My Journey mental health app which aims to help young people be able to take more control over their mental health and recovery
2.The Well Happy App which offers a guide to a range of youth services in London as well as other features
Doc Ready, which aims to help young people prepare for appointments with health professionals by helping them to pick issues of concern and build a checklist to take along to the appointment
As part of Newcastle North and East Clinical Commissioning Group’s response to the 2012 report ‘Our Health, Our Voice’ a GP and Young People’s access group was set up.
The report suggested that young people would prefer direct contact with a GP or nurse to discuss their health concerns, but they were uncertain whether general practice was the place to meet their needs. It also highlighted that young people would like to be more involved about how services for them were designed and delivered.
The Howard League for Penal Reform, a charity which aims to improve legal services for children and young people, has issued a press release about the number of young people held in police custody overnight.
Figures from the Howard League show that there were over 40,000 overnight detentions of children aged 17 and under across England and Wales during 2011 - an average of 112 detentions per night or almost 800 per week.