Wirral youngsters have their say about the future of their mental health services

by CWP News - 03 May 2016

A group of young people using local child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) took part in a recent engagement session to ensure that their voices are heard in the future development of mental health services in Wirral.

The youngsters, all involved in Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) Wirral CAMHS service, were asked to have their say about Wirral's Children and Young People's Mental Health Transformation Plan – a local initiative led by Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based on Future in Mind, the government's new national strategy for child mental health.

Sandra Renga, CWP Wirral CAMHS Clinical Psychologist, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been able to work in partnership with the CCG to give our young people the voice to shape future mental health services. We know that 50% of all chronic mental health difficulties are present before the age of 14, and 75% by 25. Clearly, it’s absolutely vital that we listen to our young people and build our services around their needs.”

The engagement session, led by local graphic facilitation agency DeadCatDreaming, encouraged the young service users to think creatively about what they wanted from their mental health services and how this can be achieved. They were then asked to collaboratively design a piece of artwork to help make the CCG’s transformation plan a family friendly document.

Christine Campbell, Head of Partnerships at Wirral CCG, said: “It is vitally important to us that children and young people have the opportunity to shape local mental health services, and we are committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.  We hope that this project will be one of many opportunities to engage with the people who use or have an interest in our services, and we would like to thank those that took part for their enthusiasm and support.”

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