Future in Mind

What is Future in Mind? 

Future in Mind is a government initiative aiming to transform the way child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are delivered nationally.

75 per cent of adults with mental health conditions experience symptoms before the age of 18. However, it is reported that as few as one-in-four children and young people in the UK that could be helped are being reached.

Future in Mind is about how we need to set about tackling the problems to create a system that brings together the potential of the web, schools, social care, the NHS, the voluntary sector, parents and of course children and young people.

Key themes:

  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving access to effective support
  • Care for the most vulnerable
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Developing the workforce

What are we doing locally?

  • Next Step

    Next Step is a unique resource, created by CWP, to facilitate the use of Goal Based Outcomes within the field of CAMHS. 

    The resource is aimed at professionals involved in promoting the mental health and well-being of children and young people, whether within a healthcare, education or other relevant setting.

    Designed with both young people and mental health practitioners, Next Step is made up of an easy to use set of cards which immediately engage service users in setting and achieving their own mental health goals.

    The Next Step process very much places service users at the centre of the care that they receive, empowering them to determine their own direction, inform the interventions they are offered, and take ownership for achieving their own successful outcomes.

    Find out more about Next Step

  • 4D Toolkit

    The 4D Toolkit is a new resource developed to support young people currently or previously involved in CWP CAMHS' 4D DBT skills programme or receiving Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment.

    Designed with young people for young people, the toolkit contains 20 visual prompt cards that act as ongoing reminders of the programme’s core learning outcomes. Each card has a unique QR code that links to a page in this section of the MyMind website. The resource has podcasts, web pages and downloadable activities.

    Find out more about our 4DToolkit

  • Emotionally Healthy Schools Project

    The Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Project is an innovative partnership between CWP, Cheshire East Council, Just Drop In, The Children’s Society and Visyon. 

    These organisations have committed to working in partnership to help 6 local secondary schools promote positive emotional health and wellbeing and develop stronger working relationships with agencies outside of the school environment.


  • Peer Education Project

    The programme, led by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), is now in its third year and involves training sixth form students to deliver sessions based on mental health awareness, resilience and stigma to Year 9 classes. Following the training, each sixth form mentor receives a recognised qualification in mental health first aid.

    Introducing peer mentors into the school environment has enabled CWP to facilitate conversations about mental health and wellbeing with young people at a critical age in their cognitive development, with 50% of all established mental health difficulties being experienced before a person reaches the age of 15, and 75% before the age of 18 (excluding dementia).

    Hear first hand from one of our local peer educators.

  • Team of Life

    The Team of Life programme has been developed as a cost effective and sustainable package aiming to support practitioners and organisations wishing to promote positive mental health, emotional well-being and resilience among children and young people.

    The programme can be facilitated with groups of children and young people in school, health or community settings. It includes 10 one-hour sessions that can be delivered as a series or adapted for more intensive delivery over full or half days.

    Each session follows the same structure so young people know what to expect:

    arrowicon ’Warm up’ sporting related icebreaker

    balliconNarrative activities

    arrowicon‘Cool-down’ mindfulness-based activity

    speechboxicon‘Team tactics’ building ‘team know-how’

    garageicon‘Home-goals’ activities for between sessions

    Find out more about Team of Life

  • Young Advisors

    CWP was the first health trust in the country to adopt the Young Advisors social enterprise model to empower young people to influence local decision making and service improvement.

    12 young people who access child and adolescent mental health services have now completed nationally accredited training to form an established group of Young Advisors for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).

    Aged between 15 and 21, Young Advisors are trained agents of social action who guide local authorities, housing associations and other local partners about what it is like for a young person to live, work, learn and play in their neighbourhood. Through the national Young Advisors organisation the young people have developed skills including service appraisal, youth proofing, community mapping, leadership, working with difficult people and peer mentoring.

    Read more about our Young Advisors

  • MyWell-being Online

    MyWell-being Online is our dedicated website for our 5-19 Health and Well-being Service.

    The site, aimed at young people of school age, provides health and well-being information around a range of topics that are appropriate to specific ages and school years.

    Although MyWell-being Online contains information specific to all young people, parents and professionals, young people aged 11 – 19 either living or attending school/college in West Cheshire are also able to contact the MyWell-being Online Team for online support, chat and guidance around their health and well-being.

    Visit MyWellbeing Online


  • MyMind.org.uk

    MyMind is our award winning child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) website. 

    The website, co-produced with our young service users, has been developed for everyone interested in the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.

    Visit our Mymind website

Read Wirral's Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Plan.

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