NHS worker showcases online mental health support

05 July 2016

A young people’s practitioner specialising in online mental health will be speaking on behalf of a local trust next week at a national event celebrating best practice in the field.  

Lesley Dougan, children and young people’s practitioner and online mental health worker for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will be presenting at both the Digital Innovation in CAMHS and Delivering Online Psychological Therapies Conferences on 5 and 6 July in Birmingham.

Lesley will be joined at the conference by Ben, someone with lived experience who now works with the service to drive improvements in his role as involvement representative for Wirral CAMHS. Lesley and Ben will be speaking about CWP CAMHS’ award winning website www.mymind.org.uk and how the trust has harnessed digital technology to collaboratively develop CAMHS resources with young people.

Ben says, “Involving young people in the process of building an online service is important as it can encourage them to access CAMHS should they need to speak to someone.”

The work that has gone into the MyMind website and online resources saw them most recently scooping the Value and Improvement in Communication category at last year’s Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare awards, as well as shortlisted for a number of other industry awards. 

Current work includes the redevelopment of the website five years after its launch and the new online support service for young people aged 11-19 living in or attending school in Cheshire West and Cheshire as part of www.mywell-being.org.uk.

Lesley says, “The development and investment into online resources makes our services more accessible and means young people can get in touch with their local health service confidentially, knowing they will be in touch with a professional.

“Attending events like this allows us to share what we do well, as well as learn from others in similar fields. We are always working on our online presence in response to what we’ve been told young people want, and always look to improve.”

Anyone living in Cheshire and Wirral can become involved in CWP’s work by becoming a member online. Visit www.cwp.nhs.uk for more information.

Follow @mymindfeed on Twitter for the latest from CWP CAMHS.

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