How can mental health and wellbeing services in Wiltshire be improved?

How can mental health and wellbeing services in Wiltshire be improved?

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:50am 16th May 2019.

We're being asked to take part in a survey to help shape how services for young people are provided in the future.

With Mental Health Awareness Week upon us young people, parents and professionals are being asked for their views to improve services to support young people's mental health.

In April 2018, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust launched a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire.

The service receives over 2,000 referrals a year in Wiltshire.

James Fortune, Head of Service, say it's important to get feedback.

"We are really delighted to be implementing a modern child and adolescent mental health service and want to ensure that children and young people remain at the heart of everything we do. Their experiences and opinions, as well as the views of parents, carers and professionals, ensure we can continue to drive forward service transformation and improvements. That's why surveys like this are so important."

Stephen Fry Mental Health Minute 2019
Stephen Fry has been encouraging the public to be open with their mental health this week

YOUR VIEWS MATTER:

There are three different surveys available (click on the one that applies to you): 

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for children's services, said:

"We all have to look after our mental health but it is particularly important to ensure our young people have support. Exams, growing up and the myriad of pressures on young people can make life very difficult. We want to work alongside our young people to ensure they have the right support when they need it."

depressed girl mental health
Parents and professionsals are being asked for their views to improve services to support young people's mental health.

Catherine, a young person from Wiltshire, says its seeking help for mental health difficulties is really important.

"It's by no means easy, but with support from others things can and really do get better. Having just one person who you can talk to, reach out to, offload to and brainstorm with makes facing difficulties so much easier to manage. Having someone there as a shoulder to cry on, but also there to share laughter with can help with making sense of your thoughts, give a new perspective on issues and help with moving forward."

The on line survey are a number of initiatives the council and partners are involved in to help improve services to support young people's mental health.

Other initiatives  include:

  • Kooth- an online counselling for pupils at all secondary schools. in April this was extended for young people aged from 11 to 25.
  • Youth mental health first aid - an internationally recognised programme designed to promote awareness of psychological and emotional well-being and mental health for eight to 18 year olds.
  • On Your Mind website -which signposts young people to local and national sources of support and provides positive health messages.
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