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The Mind Mind: My Life - Young Person's Mental Health Festival **New**

This has been created and is being hosted, by a group of young people who live in Newcastle and Gateshead, aged 16 to 21. They are part of our Young Commissioners project and are committed to working to improve the mental health support and services available to them and their peers.



FREE Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Peer Mentor Training **Current**

Please see attached a poster for some training I will be delivering during the Easter Holidays.
 
The training has been developed by young people for young people who have requested more opportunities to access informal Peer Support when young people are struggling with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. We are looking for organisations/ services to identify 2 young people from their service who would like the opportunity to become a mentor to their peers.
 
This training is NOT about trying make young people act as Mental Health Professionals, it is about equipping young people with the skills and knowledge to be a first point of contact offering low level support which may result in adult intervention depending upon the issues identified by their peers. The training will involve the purpose and role of a Peer Mentor, discussions about the understanding and importance of confidentiality & safeguarding, reporting and recording processes as well as opportunities for young people to practice their role with other young people before going back to their setting.
 
There are two FREE sessions both of which are split over 2 days, one in the North of the County (Chester-le-Street) & one in the South of the County (Bishop Auckland), lunch with be provided and travel costs (public transport only) can be covered if requested in advance.
 
For more information and to book 2 places for young people within your service/ organisation please contact Chris Affleck on 0191 3746113 or email chris.affleck@investinginchildren.net
 
Places will be booked on a first come first served basis.

 

 

Youth Mental Health: 10 Things I thought worth sharing **Current**

Here is a roundup of ten things I thought worth sharing from the world of child and adolescent mental health in the last week or two. I’m currently writing my final report about the impact of the webinars and podcasts to date (don’t worry, I’m seeking funding to continue them beyond the current project) so if you would like to share a few thoughts about the impact they’ve had on your practice I’d be very grateful.
 
1. Webinar: Promoting Staff Wellbeing
In this week’s webinar, I explored how we can promote staff wellbeing in school settings.  There are ideas for staff working at all levels and many of the ideas can be adapted to suit other settings too.
 
2. Campaign: New Time to Change Campaign urging friends to support each other
The campaign highlights that you don’t have to be an expert to be in your mates’ corner and has launched a series of short, high-impact films, each focusing on different steps that young people can take to be there for a friend struggling with their mental health.
 
3. Podcast: MHFA training insights & why I found eating disorders awareness week hard…
This week we hear from Louisa who recently completed the youth mental health first aid training and gives us some insight into the course and what attendees might hope to gain from it as well as exploring the pros and cons of eating disorders awareness week and why I found it personally so hard to manage it this year.
 
4. Webinar: Five Ways to Wellbeing – Ideas for young people
I explore the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, an evidence-based approach to approach mental wellbeing which can be adapted for use by people of any age. I consider how we can engage with children and young people on the five ways and walks through a workshop you could adapt for use with a class or colleagues.
 
5. Podcast: self-harm prevention, anorexia recovery & thanking school nurses
In this episode I learn about the Mind and Body self-harm prevention programme which is being run in schools in Kent, Lancashire and Cornwall.  I doff my cap to school nurses, I address some things you might want to avoid saying to anyone you know who’s in recovery for anorexia and Lyra and Ellie share a favourite book that makes them feel happy and calm.
 
6. Webinar: Resilience: 4 key skills – Practical ideas 
This webinar focuses on four practical skills we can support and promote in children and young people to support them in becoming more emotionally and mentally resilient. We look at this particularly through the lens of the role of the school nurse, but these ideas could be readily adapted for use by anyone working with children and young people or who is a parent or carer.  The four key skills we consider are communication skills, problem solving skills, healthy coping skills and understanding emotions. We share practical ideas for developing each skill.
 
7. Research: New Research On Teenage Depression
The research, published in Lancet Psychiatry on 30th November 2016, shows that more than two-thirds of adolescents with depression could benefit if GPs were able to efficiently offer three different treatment choices – two of which are not currently offered on the NHS.
 
8. Assembly: Treat Yourself Like A Pet, by Mind Moose
This 10 -15 minute assembly uses a pet theme to get pupils thinking about how they treat their pets with kindness, but maybe don’t always treat themselves the same way. It starts to get them thinking about the concept of self-compassion and the teacher notes talk you through the slides.
 
9. Resource: Fabulous Families – a resource for primary schools
This up to date alternative to the Happy Families card game was developed by CWMT team member Ian and is a great starting point for discussions in the primary school classroom.
 
10. Free event: Brighton: Whole school approach to wellbeing – 15th March
Join me for a breakfast meeting in Brighton where we’ll be exploring how to use 8 key elements to establish a whole school approach to wellbeing. This will be the starting point for a series of networking events and we hope to work with school across the region to embed and share best practice.
 
I hope you found something useful in here! Please be in touch if there’s something you’d like to share, or a resource you’d like to see us develop.
 
Best wishes,
 
Pooky - @PookyH
 
Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Director: Children Young People & Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Vice Chair: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition 

Mental Health: 5 things I thought worth sharing **Current**

This week’s five things are quite a diverse bunch – I hope you like them!
 
1.Pooky’s Podcast – 7 – Trauma, anxiety and anger
In my 7th weekly podcast I interviewed Claire Eastham about her book ‘We’re all mad here’ which is a guide to social anxiety drawn from her own experiences; I discussed the practical implications of a paper I’ve written looking at the how we can support children who’ve experienced trauma and adversity to build their resilience and my daughter, Lyra, shares a top tip for managing anger.
 
2. SATS– resource to support wellbeing
One of my fab training team, Rachel Welch recently helped write a resource on Year 6 wellbeing during SATs. Follow the link to download it – it includes practical advice for pupils, parents and teachers. A must read (though I’m deeply sad that it needs to exist).
 
3.Webinar – Developing a whole school approach to mental health
Watch the recording and download the slides from this webinar which takes a look at how schools and other organisations can use 8 core themes to help them protect and promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
 
4.Simple steps to promoting staff wellbeing
In this article I look at practical steps that all schools and organisations can take to help support the wellbeing of staff – this not only improves quality of life and productivity but crucially enables staff to act as wellbeing role models to the young people in their care.
 
5. How to become better at understanding and responding to self-harm
If you’d like to understand more about self-harm then this is a good starting point. I also look at how understanding a bit more about the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying self-harm can help you provide sustainable support to a vulnerable young person.


New webinar ready to view and new podcast for your listening **Current**

A brief note to let you know of a couple of new resources available now. 
 
I’ve uploaded last week’s webinar about supporting children and young people to manage overwhelming feelings.  You can view the video and slides here.  Please use them as you wish and let me know if they’re helpful. 
 
You can also listen to the latest episode of my podcast in which I discuss ways to support a friend with mental health issues and reflect on a year passing since I made a suicide attempt (cheery!) I’d love your suggestions for future episodes.  Are there questions you’d like me to explore, specific people you’d love to hear interviewed? Anything else you’d like in there?
 

Parent Carer information sessions **Current**

I’m really happy to share this information about  some parent training and information sessions we are offering . Three sessions will be offered free to parents or carers in County Durham covering the following:
 
Self-Harm: Saturday 4th March
This session will look at:
What is Self-Harm, why children and young people self-harm, practical things you can do and tips to help you cope

Overwhelming Emotions: Saturday 18th March
This session will look at:
What is going on when children and young people are overwhelmed with emotions, the signs and symptoms parents can look for, when to worry, practical things you can do and tips to help you cope

Coping in a Crisis:  Saturday 1st April
This session will look at:
Different crisis situations, risky behaviour, when to worry, what you can do to help at home,  when you need to get extra support and tips to help you cope
 
Full details in attached flyer. Parents/carers who we have engaged with have asked for training and information sessions to help them understand and cope with their child’s difficulties .  Please can you help us share the information via your networks, websites, staff and colleagues to ensure it reaches the parents/carers who need it-there are so many parents out there coping in silence so please help us share far and wide.

Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting Reminder **Current**

Just a reminder about the County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting which will be taking place on Wednesday 8th February 2017 12.30pm-3.00pm at the Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, DL16 6YP.  

The additional time prior to the start of the meeting at 1.00pm is to allow time for networking as members have told us how valuable this is to them.  During this time we have a question for discussion:
 
“What would you love to see happen for children and young people’s emotional and mental health in County Durham ?”

Spennymoor Children & Young People's Network **Current**


Please find attached an agenda for the meeting, minutes of the previous meeting and see below for a reminder of meeting dates for the Spennymoor Children & Young People’s Network:
 
 
1.00-3.00pm (refreshments from 12.45) Wednesday 11th January 2017
Spennymoor Leisure Centre – Artists Studio
 
1.00-3.00pm (refreshments from 12.45) Thursday 16th March 2017
Venue to be confirmed
 
10.00-12.00noon (refreshments from 9.45) Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Venue to be confirmed
 
10.00-12.00noon (refreshments from 9.45) Friday 30th June 2017
Venue to be confirmed
 
If you would like to host one of the meetings please get in touch – this is a great opportunity to showcase your venue to other members.
 
Agenda 11th January
Minutes 27th September


Kerryann Stewart
Project Development Officer
 
Mental Health Round up and Resources from Pooky **
Current**

It’s been a while since I sent you an update with resources etc.  I promise I’ve not been resting on my laurels! I hope you find the resources below useful and if there are specific areas you’d like more support or resources for don’t hesitate to be in touch. 


Emotional Wellbeing Network Information Sharing **Current**


Please see below for some fantastic information sharing from members of the County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network:
 
Free Webinars & Free Mental Health Book Club

Sending on behalf of Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Director: Children Young People & Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Mobile:07590 446791 Email: pooky@cwmt.org

This is quick note to let you know that you can now register for all future webinars in one go.  You can choose to have the details added to your diary and you’ll get a reminder each week.  You’ll also receive an email linking to the recording and slides as they go live.  You can access our full archive here

Here is a taste of what is to come:
December
7th - Handling mental health disclosures from children and young people safely and sensitively

13th -  Preparing vulnerable pupils for school holidays

20th -  Supporting friends and siblings of young people with mental health issues

27th -  Practical strategies for promoting self-esteem

January
10th Practical strategies for helping children manage overwhelming feelings

18th Talking to young people with thoughts of suicide

24th Supporting the mental health needs of young people with ASD

30th Promoting hope and aspiration in vulnerable children and young people

February
7th Understanding and supporting the needs of gender questioning pupils

14th Promoting young people's wellbeing in an online world

20th Why don't they ask for help? Overcoming help-seeking barriers

The sessions will run at 6pm unless you hear otherwise.  Further session titles to follow. The schedule may be updated to reflect requested topics from the community or Pooky's availability to teach.  Each session will be followed by a live Facebook Q&A session on the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Facebook page
A reminder that these sessions are completely free to you and funded by Health Education England.  I’m about to apply for funding to continue the series beyond March so if you have any kind words to share or evidence of impact or reach (e.g. if you played one at a staff meeting and reached a bigger group) it would be great to hear from you.
 
And don’t forget to let me know if there’s a topic you’d especially like covered.  Our topics have all be community generated. 

Oh - and one more thing - we've just created the opt in survey to receive our next free mental health club book.  It is 'Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff' by Nick Luxmoore.  Opt in to receive your free copy here. 
Very best wishes,  Pooky

The sessions will run at 6pm unless you hear otherwise.  Further session titles to follow. The schedule may be updated to reflect requested topics from the community or Pooky's availability to teach.  Each session will be followed by a live Facebook Q&A session on the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Facebook page
A reminder that these sessions are completely free to you and funded by Health Education England.  I’m about to apply for funding to continue the series beyond March so if you have any kind words to share or evidence of impact or reach (e.g. if you played one at a staff meeting and reached a bigger group) it would be great to hear from you.
 
And don’t forget to let me know if there’s a topic you’d especially like covered.  Our topics have all be community generated. 
Oh - and one more thing - we've just created the opt in survey to receive our next free mental health club book.  It is 'Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff' by Nick Luxmoore.  Opt in to receive your free copy here. 
Very best wishes,  Pooky
 
County Durham Mental Health Prevention Model 2017-2020

Sending on behalf of Tricia Reed: Commissioning Policy and Planning Officer, Commissioning Services, Tel: 01325 731160, Email: tricia.reed@durham.gov.uk
Please find attached the draft discussion document for comments and further development - If you have any comments or questions or are interested in finding out more, please contact Tricia.
 
The Rainbow Flag Award (closing date for applications is Friday 16 December 2016 at 5pm)
Sending on behalf of Billijean Summerbell: LGBT Project leader, DISC, Tel: 03000 269095, Email: billijean.summerbell@disc-vol.org.uk

The Rainbow Flag Award will encourage a whole school approach to tackling HBT bullying and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) inclusion.
We are looking for schools – primary and secondary – to take part in this pioneering new project. Two hundred schools that are successful in the initial application process will receive free LGBT inclusion training, which can subsequently lead them to gaining the “Skilled Teacher” section of the award.  Following initial LGBT inclusion training, a self-assessment will be completed and one hundred schools will then go forward to gain the full award.  Schools that complete the Rainbow Flag Award will have done so with up to £1400 of free training, resources and initiatives.

Taking part in this project will help you meet:
•          Your legal requirement to ensure LGBT inclusion in schools;
•          The Ofsted requirement for you to be effective in tackling HBT bullying;
•          Your moral requirement to meet the needs of LGBT young people, given the wealth of evidence showing that LGBT young people are still disproportionally affected by mental health issues and teen suicide.  To apply to take part in the project, please visit: www.theproudtrust.org/rainbow-flag-award!
 
If you have any informtion you would like us to share with the network on your behalf please send to info@success.coop


Durham Conference Follow up **Current**

Thank you to everyone who made the time to attend our conference in Durham on Friday – it was a genuine pleasure to meet and work with you all and I sincerely hope that we can continue to work together as a network. 
Here are a few things I promised you.

Conference slides – At her request, I have not included Natasha’s slides.  Wendy’s slides are for your reference only.  Slides from myself, Rachel and Ian may be used with gay abandon!

Some people wanted links to the videos Natasha used:
Lynx advert
Hair advert <for the white writing game
Turn on the light

You can download your certificate of attendance here (please only do so if you turned up.  For everyone who abuses this system, a Christmas elf will go on strike…).

And you can buy Chateez cards here – they are the emoji based cards I mentioned which are great for facilitating difficult conversations.  Natasha who set up Chateez after developing the idea via her youth work has agreed to a 20% discount for you if you use the code scmag17.

Find out more about the free training, resources and other support the trust can offer your school or organisation via our website and if you have a pound or two to spare please donate here, all donations are doubled via The Big Give Christmas Challenge until Tuesday lunchtime.  

The videos of the day will be made available in due course.  In the meantime, if you’d like to watch the livestreamed videos I made on the day via my iPhone, you can do so here

Thanks again to all of you who came and as I look to secure more funding for next year’s endeavours please take a moment to let us know if you found the conference helpful and what you might like in future. 

Very best wishes,
Pooky

Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting Reminder **Current**

The County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting took place on Tuesday 6th December 2016 12.30pm-3.00pm at the Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, DL16 6YP.  The additional time prior to the start of the meeting at 1.00pm was to allow time for networking as members have told us how valuable this is to them. 
 
 
Emotional wellbeing Network Information Sharing:**
Current*
 
Free Youth Mental Health Conference & Online Learning – there is still time to book, don’t miss out!
Sending on behalf of Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Director: Children Young People & Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Mobile:07590 446791 Email: pooky@cwmt.org

Please see the attached programme for the forthcoming Free Youth Mental Health Conference which is due to take place 2nd December 2016 at Framwellgate School, Durham; there is a link within the document to book your place via Eventbrite.
You may also be interested in signing up for free online webinars for staff working with children and young people.  The sessions are online each Tuesday, you can find out more, view previous sessions and register your interest at http://www.inourhands.com/onlinelearning/

You may also be interested in signing up to CWMT’s free mental health book club via this link http://www.inourhands.com/bookclub/  The first book they are  sharing is Not Today Celeste – a story book which explores a human’s depression through the eyes of his dog.  If you opt in, you’ll receive the book by post and accompanying resources will follow by email.  
 
If you have any information or events that you would like us to share on your behalf please send to info@success.coop

 

Emotional Wellbeing Network Information Sharing **Current**
 
Free Youth Mental Health Conference & Online Learning

Sending on behalf of Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Director: Children Young People & Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Mobile:07590 446791 Email: pooky@cwmt.org

Please see the attached programme for the forthcoming Free Youth Mental Health Conference which is due to take place 2nd December 2016 at Framwellgate School, Durham; there is a link within the document to book your place via Eventbrite.

You may also be interested in signing up for free online webinars for staff working with children and young people.  The sessions are online each Tuesday, you can find out more, view previous sessions and register your interest at http://www.inourhands.com/onlinelearning/

You may also be interested in signing up to CWMT’s free mental health book club via this link http://www.inourhands.com/bookclub/  The first book they are  sharing is Not Today Celeste – a story book which explores a human’s depression through the eyes of his dog.  If you opt in, you’ll receive the book by post and accompanying resources will follow by email. 
 
Relax Kids

Sending on behalf of Dr Grant McGeechan, Research Associate – Project Manager Durham Evaluations, Health & Social Care Institute, Constantine Building, Teeside University, TS1 3BX, Landline: 01642 342996, Mobile: 07766 223788
For the attention of all coaches who delivered Relax Kids to primary school children – see the attached information sheet and please get in touch if you are interested. The researcher will be carrying out one to one interviews rather than a focus group which means he can now travel to the school at a time that is convenient for you.

Please also see attached the parent information sheet - if any coaches would be interested in hosting a focus group in line with a parents evening then if they could also get in touch it would be greatly appreciated.
 
Wellbeing for Life Workers

Contact details attached of Wellbeing for Life Workers across the area
 
Positive Little People

Sending on behalf of Hayley Ramm, Mobile: 07739 985959 Web: www.high5ers.co.uk
Information attached regarding school workshops and one to one coaching where children from 7—11 years old will learn cool skills to increase their confidence

Also attached is the Jolly Jar Stars picture which was created at the last Emotional Wellbeing Network meeting by the attendees, it is a lovely reminder of the positivity we can all create in a very short space of time
 
Date for your diary

County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network, Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor – Tuesday 6th December 2016 1.00-3.00pm (you are welcome to join us from 12.30pm for networking) agenda and minutes of the previous meeting to follow.  We hope to see you there!
 
If you have any information or events that you would like us to share on your behalf please send to info@success.coop


Mental Health and Wellbeing - Information Sharing **Current**
 
We would like to share the following information with you:
 
CAMHS - County Durham & Darlington Single Point of Access Information
Suicide Safer Communities - County Durham Suicide Prevention Conference
Education Psychology Service - Nurturing Wellbeing, achievement and Resilience in Schools Conference

MindEd for Families **Current*

MindEd offers free, completely open access, online education in over 300 topics. Our e-learning is applicable to a wide range of learners across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings.
Our aim is to provide simple, clear guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development to any adult working with children, young people and families, to help them support the development of young healthy minds.We have created bite sized chunks of 'e-learning' that help adults to support wellbeing and identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues.
More intervention needed to help pupils with mental health issues **Current**
 
Headteachers have warned more needs to be done to help children with mental health issues in schools…
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has called for more to be done to help tackle mental health problems in children, as untreated issues could become psychiatric problems later in life.
According to the NAHT, a fifth of children suffer mental health problems before the age of 11, making the issue a key concern. In a snapshot survey, 1,455 English headteachers reported two-thirds of primary schools were unable to deal with the problems facing these children.
 
More Information

Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting **Current**

The County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting  took  place on Wedneday 24th February 2016 12.30pm-3.00pm at the Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, DL16 6YP.  The additional time prior to the start of the meeting at 1.00pm is to allow time for networking as members have told us how valuable this is to them.

Please find attached a copy of the agenda for your information along with the minutes of the previous meeting, the power point presentation'Who's who' overview of roles service information and contact details, Parent Support Group flyer and Mental Health Consultation flyer.

We would also like to welcome the new County Durham Relax Kids coaches to the network, we hope you can attend the network meetings, you will find them "fantastic and valuable" according to an attendee from a previous meeting, and we agree!

Hundreds of schools to benefit from £3 million investment in mental health in schools **Current**


NHS England and the Department of Education (DE) have launched a multimillion pound joint mental health pilot scheme for hundreds of schools. The Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilots will test having a named single point of contact in 255 schools and in 22 pilot areas, meaning more joined-up working between schools and child and adolescent mental health services.


This has been backed by £1.7 million funding from NHS England and £1.5 million from DE. 27 CCGs are each working with at least 10 schools to trial this new way of working. As a result, children and young people will have better, consistent access to local, specialist mental health services.


You can read more here.


Parents Say Toolkit Launch! **Current**

Parents Say Toolkit – Information Pack 

NHS England has been working with YoungMinds to improve the participation of parents and carers in mental health services for children and young people (CYP). 

As well as helping parents and carers understand the mental health issues faced by CYP and the services and support that is available, evidence shows that where families are fully engaged in treatment, outcomes improve for CYP. 

County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting December **Current**

Just a note about the County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting which took place Thursday 3rd December 2015 12.30pm-3.00pm at the Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, DL16 6YP.  The additional time prior to the start of the meeting at 1.00pm is to allow time for networking as members have told us how valuable this is to them.

Please find attached a copy of the agenda for your information along with the minutes of the previous meeting, the power point presentation and Parent Support Group flyer.



County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Update **Current**

Further to the Emotional Wellbeing Network meeting which was held yesterday, 23rd September, please find attached theCounty Durham Transformation Plan for Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing and Resiliencewhich is now in open consultation.  Your views are needed to help shape this and all comments would be welcomed byCatherine.richardson@durham.gov.uk

We have also been asked by the Camhs team to share their World Mental Health Day Poster and details of their currentMental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Awareness training dates, specifically the dates covering Deliberate Self Harm which are:

Monday 4th January 2016 1.30pm-4.30pm One Point Hub, Burns Green, Chester le Street
Monday 23rd March 2016 9.30am-12.30pm Willington Health Centre, Willington

If you are interested in any of the training please use the attached form or contacttewv.countydurhamcamhstraining@nhs.net
 
Call out for young people for bipolar research **Current**

Jo Davison is a youth worker, and part of a research project at Newcastle University looking at whether young people (11-25) who are at risk for developing bipolar disorder (but haven't yet developed symptoms) would like any support from services. She is looking for young people whose parents may have bipolar disorder and who ideally have not received any support/treatment for any mental health problems themselves. 

Young people would be interviewed (by phone if needed) and be given a £10 Amazon voucher for their time, and covered for any travel expenses. If you know of any young person who maybe eligible, please contact Jo as soon as possible on 07974924447 or at jdavison1989@hotmail.com

Mental health and wellbeing of looked after children inquiry launch **Current**

Building on the Health Committee’s recent report on childrens' and adolescents' mental health and CAMHS, the Education Committee has announced an inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children.

Children in mental health crisis still being held in police cells, government reveals **Current**

In an answer to a parliamentary question, the minister for NHS productivity Lord Prior of Brampton said there were 145 cases where under-18s were 'held at police stations' in 2014/15 because of concerns over their mental health, despite a pledge made by Home Secretary Theresa May in December 2014 to put an end to the practice.


MindEd Parent Engagement programme North East Parent View Event **Current**
 
Sending on behalf of: Zoe Large | Parent Participation Project: Project Lead and Communications Lead |  YoungMinds

YoungMinds are excited to be working with MindEd to create brand new e-learning tools for parents and carers on the topic of children’s wellbeing and mental health.
 
We are currently organising discussion groups to hear parents’ views on how we can make these resources most helpful for parents. We’d love to speak with parents with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to help make these resources as useful and engaging as possible – this includes parents and carers whose children have or haven’t experienced mental health difficulties, and parents of both younger children and teenagers.
  
 
Please email zoe.large@youngminds.org.uk to register to take part. If you do so, it would be helpful to know how old your child/children are, and to have a short introduction to your background including why you are interested in taking part.

County Durham Children and Young People’s Emotional Health & Well-being Network **Current**

Aims

To provide a network meeting and e-network for practitioners who have an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children, young people and families in County Durham.
To inform the work of the County Durham Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Group

The network is funded by Public Health, Durham County Council and coordinated by Success (North East). Four two hour network meetings take place throughout the year (September, December, March and June) as well as regular e-network bulletins.
 
Public Health, Durham County Council provide funding for the Relax Kids training programme which teaches participants to take children and young people through a 7 step programme from high energy to low energy. This includes a range of relaxation exercises - movement, games, stretching and breathing techniques, self-massage, affirmations and visualisations.
 
If you would like to sign up to the network, attend as a guest speaker, are interested in Relax Kids Training or would like any further information on anything mentioned above please contact Wendy Minhinnett on 07415380040 orwendy@success.coop

 
Counselling in schools **Current**

The Department for Education has produced advice for schools on setting up and improving counselling services for pupils called 'Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future'. The advice helps you understand how to comply with the law / explains what the policies mean in practice. 

Rollercoater Parent Support Group **Current**
 
For parents/carers who are supporting a child or young person with any kind of emotional or mental health problem.

Anxiety - Low Mood   -   Depression   -   Self Harm   -   Eating Disorders   -  Sleep Problems   -   Suicidal Thoughts   -   Obsessions and Compulsions   -   and more
 
 You are not alone! Supporting a child or young person with emotional or mental health issues it can be challenging, isolating and sometimes you can feel like you’re riding a real emotional rollercoaster!
Come along to the group, meet other parents/carers in similar situations and get support. There will be guest speakers, discussion topics, practical tips for coping and tea and coffee of course!
Third Wednesday of every month Acley Centre Newton Aycliffe - meet in reception 6pm-8pm
·        15th April: Self Harm Information Session and County Durham Carers
·        20th May: Stress Management for parents and Mindfulness
·        17th June: Tips on how to support young people with ‘control issues’
 
For further information, please contact: Wendy: 07415 380 040 or Nicky: 07500 783 634
Hope to see you there!

Children and adolescent mental health services **Current**

NHS England and the Department of Health have published the Future in Mind report, outlining a blueprint for improving children and adolescent mental health services. The report builds on work that is already underway including delivering access and waiting times for eating disorders; improving access to evidence-based and outcome-focused treatments; and supporting commissioners on developing local capacity and capability. 
 
Supporting children's mental health is a good investment **Current**

This Report from the Centre for Mental Health makes the case for investing in children's mental health services, including the benefits to individuals and their families as well as the wider economic benefits. The report claims that the return on investment, measured in benefits to the recipients of care, ranges from £3 to £31 for every £1 invested, depending on the intervention.

The report concludes that under-investment in children's mental health support is a false economy. But it also warns that to achieve the best value for money, children’s mental health services need to reach out to those who need them most and to be delivered to a high standard. Read more and download the Report here.
 

Right here: how to promote youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services **Current**
 
This ‘How to’ guide is one of a series of guides designed to bring together learning from the five year Right Here programme initiated by Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) to support the mental wellbeing of young people aged 16–25. 
 
It has been written to help services address the specific needs of young people and tackle some of the barriers which prevent them from accessing traditional mental health services.
 
 
How to commission better mental health and wellbeing services for young people **Current**
 
The Mental Health Foundation has published this fabulous guide to commissioning mental health services for young people. Based on a five year programme of working with young people, it provides a great template for what works and what doesn’t when commissioning services. Download it here.
 
Emotional Wellbeing Network 11th June 2015 **Current**
 

Emotional Wellbeing Network 26th February 2015 **Current**