Local trust welcomes Duchess’ pledge for early mental health support
A local NHS trust welcomes the Duchess of Cambridge’s backing to a week of awareness for children’s mental health.
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) is a leading mental health trust in the North West, providing a range of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across its footprint.
Findings from charity Place2Be’s recent report state that ‘one in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once during their first 11 years, and many adults with lifetime mental health issues can trace their symptoms back to childhood’. This week (8-12 Feb) Place2Be patron HRH Duchess of Cambridge calls for children to be ‘supported through difficult times in their lives.’
The Trust is investing £14million into inpatient and day patient care for children and young people with severe and/or complex mental health conditions that can’t be provided within the community. The new build will be called Ancora House, a name chosen by young people involved in the project. ‘Ancora’ is a Latin noun meaning hope, refuge and support – which describes the aims and objectives of the unit. It’s due to open in late summer 2016.
As well as community and in-patient services in West Cheshire, CWP offer an award winning CAMHS website and a newly launched online counselling service as part of their 5-19 Health and Well-being Service. ‘My Well-being Online’ directly connects young people with local health professionals to discuss personal health issues without necessarily needing to be referred into clinical services.
Andy Styring, CWP’s director of operations, says, “We appreciate that communicating online is the way many young people engage with each other and the wider world. MyWell-being Online will support them to raise any concerns about their own health that otherwise they may not feel comfortable talking about, in a way that suits them.
“Everything about this new service has been co-designed by young people in West Cheshire. We’ve been into a number of local schools to discuss how they want to access health support, and the service has been shaped by their feedback.”
“Empowering young people to get support is the first step in developing resilience and being able to tackle some of the situations they may face growing up.
“An early conversation about our mental health and well-being can help us tackle any problems from the outset.”