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Posted: 21st December 2018

Fund for Children and Young People's Mental Health

Monday 19 November 2018 saw the launch of the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019/20 on Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The fund is part of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme and each round focuses on a specific theme.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

Young People’s Mental Health Debate

On 28 November at Blackpool Sixth Form College, a debate took place regarding the effect of social media on young people’s mental health. The debate focused around the effect it had and if interactions on social media were positive for young people or if they adversely affected mental health. The debate was hosted by The Royal College of Psychiatrists (Northwest Division) in partnership with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Sixth Form College and both NHS Blackpool CCG and Blackpool Council. The panels included young people along with two teams of psychiatrists and mental health professionals with an audience of students and staff from local schools (year 10 and year 11) and from Blackpool Sixth Form. After a vote, 60% of people felt that social media was bad for mental health.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

CASHER Room

A special space has been created in Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The Child and Adolescent Support and Help Enhanced Response (CASHER) team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust now have their own dedicated safe space where they see children and young people who have may have concerns with regards to their mental health or have any issues they feel they need to discuss. They work from 5pm till 10pm Monday to Friday and from 10am till 8pm at weekends. Bank Holiday times can vary but they cover every day of the year including Xmas Day. They also run two CASHER reach out groups in the community (Blackpool on a Tuesday & Fleetwood on a Wednesday) and run a CASHER Weekend Clinic from 2pm till 3pm every Saturday and Sunday.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

College recognised for Outstanding Contribution to Men’s Mental Health

Blackburn College has been recognised by Lancashire Mind for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Men’s Mental Health’. Blackburn College received the award for their hard work and involvement with the ‘Facing Up’ project – a project aimed at empowering young men by giving them the time and the tools to approach mental health problems positively by speaking out and facing up to challenges rather than keeping quiet. In engaging with the campaign, young males at Blackburn College have been supported to face their problems through a series of weekly drop in sessions on-site at the Feilden-street campus, facilitated by Lancashire Mind.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

Transformation Plan Refresh

Each year the CYPEWMH programme refresh its transformation plan, we are currently working hard to refresh this year’s plan, looking at what we have achieved so far and planning how we move the transformation over the next 12 months. This year we are working in closer partnership with Morecambe Bay CCG & Cumbria County Council to incorporate their current transformation plan with the Lancashire plan. This will mean we will have one plan that details the work and the forthcoming goals for all of Lancashire and South Cumbria area. As ever, we will be inviting comments on the refreshed plan and will keep you updated how you can have your say within February 2019 newsletter.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

Lancashire and South Cumbria set to benefit from investment in NHS services

£21 million of capital investment from Government for Lancashire and South Cumbria will see the development of an Integrated Acute Mental Health Hub and an upgrade to the emergency department and critical care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

The Thrive Model for Lancashire and South Cumbrian CAMHS

The Care Partnership (Lancashire and South Cumbria Commissioners for CYP Mental Health Services, Providers (Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust, East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust), voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) providers and service users along with their families) are working together to co-produce a system-wide model of services for children, young people and their families experiencing emotional wellbeing difficulties and/or mental health problems. An in-depth process of co-production, engagement and communication is underway which will inform the redesign of current services around a Thrive-based approach.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

How far can we reach?

Our posts over the last week reached 1.09k people with 515 people being reached the previous week. Our posts over the last week were engaged with 85 times which was up by 44% from the previous week. As we continue to grow our social media presence, we look forward to seeing more people engage with us! Any help you can provide in sharing our information on social media is greatly appreciated, as we look to broaden our reach even further. Please like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LSCHealthyYoungMinds/) and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/HealthyYM_LSC) and thank you to those who are continuing to share our posts and retweeting us each week.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

Help us to promote our website survey

In addition to the face to face engagement, we have a survey running to help us gather information about what different audiences would like to see on our website. We want to ensure we get feedback from the highest number of children, young people, their families and carers and professionals as we can. On your own social media platforms, you can help us by sharing the survey link below and encouraging your followers to have their say, so we can build a website that works for everyone, from CYP to professionals. https://www.elesurvey.co.uk/f/615158/1b61/

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Posted: 21st December 2018

Website co-production opportunities

In the New Year, the communications and engagement team will be visiting several groups as we look to co-produce the webpage content with children, young people, their families and carers and professionals. We have several visits planned to groups such as LGBT at Blackburn Youth Zone, and Headstart and Entwined Minds in Blackpool. As always, we’d like to gain insight from yourselves so if you know of any groups you feel would be good for us to co-produce with, please let us know! You can contact us by emailing healthyyoung.minds@nhs.net or calling 01772 214061.

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Posted: 21st December 2018

How far can we reach?

Our posts over the last week reached 1.09k people with 515 people being reached the previous week. Our posts over the last week were engaged with 85 times which was up by 44% from the previous week. As we continue to grow our social media presence, we look forward to seeing more people engage with us! Any help you can provide in sharing our information on social media is greatly appreciated, as we look to broaden our reach even further. Please like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LSCHealthyYoungMinds/) and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/HealthyYM_LSC) and thank you to those who are continuing to share our posts and retweeting us each week.

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