Across our work programme we involve children and young people and their families to help us improve mental health and emotional wellbeing services across Yorkshire and the Humber. We do this through our CYP advisory group, which following a competition for members has been called Stairways which is now sponsored by Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead for Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People at NHS England (@KathEvans2). We hope members find activities fun and worthwhile, with the opportunity to see how they have been listened to and made a real difference.
How is Stairways is Helping Us
Members of Stairways share with us their ideas for how mental health services can be improved, and examples of innovative ways of working that they have either created or are aware of. We listen to and incorporate these ideas into delivery of our work programme and feed them back to our Lead Commissioner Forum.
Here are some examples of their amazing work:
How You Can Get Involved
If you would like to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Welcome Pack to Stairways is available here which explains a little more about it. Membership is open to anyone up to the age of 25yrs who is interested in improving mental health and emotional wellbeing care for children and young people in Yorkshire & the Humber. The group will work with us on various topics, and members can get involved as much or as little as they wish. We have a Facebook Discussion Group to enable conversations between Stairways members and the Clinical Network but if members don't have access to Facebook its not a problem - we will support members individually to be active participants.
Need Information and Advice on Mental Health?
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TalkLife is a free online peer support network which young people can access. There is also lots of information and advice for children and young people on mental health available via the NHS Choices Youth Mental Health Hub and the NHS Apps Library along with the Big White Wall, which is an anonymous online community designed to help people who are struggling to cope. Additionally Young Minds, Student Minds and Epic Friends have lots of great advice and resources that you can access, along with the Recovery College course My CHIME.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit is also available to download which has been created by CHILYPEP.
If you are a young person looking for further information on a particular mental health issue then the Royal College of Psychiatrists has lots of factsheets on their page here. If you still can't find anything that is suitable then why not try looking through the National Youth Wellbeing Directory which can be found on the website for children and young people called On My Mind. This website aims to empower young people to make informed choices about the support they want, the treatments they receive and the outcomes they desire. On My Mind was co-produced with young people.
Are you thinking about Higher Education or are you already a student? See the video on "How to be prepared for University with a mental health condition" by Young Minds
For more general information please see our documents and links page.
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