Mental Health Support




County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network

Please find agenda for the next County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network Meeting taking place:

Thursday 6th December 2018
12.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Durham Leadership Centre

Please can you let me know if you are coming along by Wednesday 5th December

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it (Remember the festive attire-details on the agenda)


Also attached for information:

Presentation from previous Network Meeting
Self-harm guidance for schools and parents
Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Children-a family guide

National data on children and young people’s mental health published last week (link below)

Wendy Minhinnett
Roller Coaster Family Support
Tel: 0741 538 0040


NSUN Bulletin Monday 26 November 2018

Selected blog
Heads Count crisis cafe: Plymouth
Petition: Stop the detention of people with autism & learning disability’s in ATU’s
Petition:Stop making people travel unfair distances for disability assessments
Workshops:trauma informed care in women's mental health services
Job opportunity: Development Worker with Mind in Camden
Take part in NICE consultations
Help get answers for Tim
Research: What support do individuals with experience of psychosis want when discontinuing neuroleptic medication
Healthwatch Southwark public event:help in a mental health crisis
Free online course from NHS England and London South Bank University
In the news
GOV.UK news
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Date Time Venue
17th January 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
15th April 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
19th July 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
22nd October 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre


Date Time Venue
28th January 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
29th March 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
20th May 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
26th July 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
23rd September 1.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre
28th November 9.00am Durham Indoor Bowling Centre

MH Provider Forum Agenda 23.11.18

Please find attached the agenda for the MH Provider Forum on Friday 23rd November.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

MHNE Latest Bulletin

Please find attached MHNE latest bulletin – if you would like to publicise your organisation, events, news etc in the bulletin please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Best Wishes Lyn Kind regards Lyn Lyn Boyd CEO Mental Health North East Mental Health North East Birtley CDC Drum Park Drum Lane Industrial Estate Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH2 1AE 0191 4111 962 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fire Service Film is public

Just to let you know that as agreed the film we have created with County Durham Fire & Rescue Service has gone out through our Social Media this morning, this is the link to the film on You Tube

Please do go on to our Facebook & Twitter and like and share the film and help get it out in advance of World Mental Health Day .

As a reminder our Facebook Page is @StampOutStigmaInDurham and our Twitter is @_StampOutStigma Look forward to seeing you at the Stamp It Out meeting tomorrow afternoon.

Best Wishes, Chris Project Officer We have moved office please amend your records: Sjvoll Centre, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH15BZ Telephone: 0191 3077030| Mobile: 07453 058986 Visit us at:

Have your say - mental health services

Around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Getting the right support at the right time is vital and so we are looking into how well mental health services in County Durham are working. We'd love to hear your experiences of mental health services, whether you're a service user, relative or carer. What worked well for you and what do you think could be improved? If you were in charge, what would you change? Tell us your views and help us identify changes that could make services better for everyone. And don't worry, your personal information will be treated in strict confidence.

Click here for the survey

If you work in mental health services we'd also like to hear from you about how you think your work affects your wellbeing and what support there is to help you stay well at work.

Staff Survey

Mental Health - Better Together VCS Policy Forum Report

You may have participated in, or been aware of the Policy Forum about Mental Health, which was convened on Friday 6th July. This was the first in series of Policy Forums which are being coordinated via the Better Together Forum. Better Together is an informal network of county wide and specialist VCS organisations which provide services for communities across County Durham.

The Forum attracted a broad cross section of stakeholders with an interest and in-depth understanding about how mental health support is being provided in the County. Delegates included elected members, VCS service providers, commissioners, NHS Foundation Trust managers and CCG representatives. The content provided an overview about how governance and commissioning is emerging and developing across both health and social care sectors, how services are provided via TEWV, and the challenges and opportunities which VCS providers of mental health support services are working with. The underlying theme was one of cross sector partnership working, which is why we are keen to share messages from the delegates who took part.

We’re pleased to be able to circulate the attached report, which summarises the presentations from the morning and the ensuing discussions. I’d like to draw your attention to the next steps we agreed as a result, and which are detailed at the end of the four page report. If you have any queries or would like any additional information, please do contact me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Ian Hunter Smart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , who is supporting the Better Together Network.

All best wishes, Jo Joanna Laverick Executive Director, Durham Community Action

Mental Health Focus Group....**urgent request 

I am involved with the Mental Health at Scale Task Group in the County Durham Partnership and we are looking at the following … and would like to see if any organisations would be willing to help by co-ordinating a focus group…

This is a really quick turnaround and I would love to hear from any organisations who will be willing to help me please … Background The County Durham Partnership has commissioned an independent piece of research around mental health and the prevention of suicide.

We want to understand: The challenges surrounding mental health and the prevention of suicide. How these issues are discussed in the places where people live, work and socialise. People’s awareness, or otherwise, of the help and support that is available. We are interested in discussing this with men aged 40 – 49. Looking ahead, the research should generate useful, practical insights that local partners can use to help more people to get the help and support they need.

Purpose of the focus groups To help us generate those insights, the research agency we have appointed – Social Engine - will organise a focus groups with men aged 40 – 49. The purpose of the focus groups is to hear: Participants’ perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. How they talk about these issues and the language they use. Their awareness of advice and support services. The facilitator of the group will ask around half a dozen questions and encourage people to voluntarily share their views, perspectives and ideas on each question. We may also share a reflections sheet which participants can, again voluntarily, use to capture some thoughts on paper. We will not ask people to talk about their own personal experiences of being affected by poor mental health .

Organisers The focus groups will be organised by Social Engine, an independent research organisation. Social Engine works with charities, unions and the public sector to help organisations deliver their goals and improve the lives of communities. Its focus is on better understanding how and why people behave in the way that they do. The Social Engine team working on this project includes experts in focus group research and the mental health agenda. All the groups would be run expert facilitators with many years of experience. Practical matters The focus group will be held at appropriate times and locations that are familiar and comfortable to the participants. They will last between 45 minutes and one hour. There will be up to 10 individual participants in the focus group. Only people who freely consent to take part will do so. There will be a facilitator who will keep the discussion moving and take a few written notes. At the start of the session, the facilitator will ask people to complete a very short form confirming again that they are happy to take part voluntarily. The facilitator will also outline some basic ground-rules, such as respecting confidentiality, and check to see if participants have any questions. Participants are free to leave before the end of the session.

What we will not do We will not ask people to talk about their own experiences of being affected by poor mental health. We will not record people’s personal detail other than confirmation that they have agreed to take part in the discussion. We will not share the views and experience that we gather beyond the research team. We will not record the discussion in audio or video format. We will not ‘quiz’ people – this is not a test of a knowledge but a chance to share their views and perspectives.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact me in the first instance I look forward to hearing from you … Many thanks Sam Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network

There is a few links below to some useful resources and an important notice regarding contact emails

Information Sharing:

Webinars Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Please find a link to free webinars from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust about the mental health of children and young people.

Self-Harm Discussion Starter Activity

Know Before You Go is an e-resource for Year 12-13 students as they transition from school/college to university

Mentally Healthy Schools-Suicidal feelings and thoughts

Important Notice Success (North East) the organisation who previously coordinated County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network closed on 31st August 2018. The network will continue to be coordinated by myself as an independent consultant (trading as Rollercoaster Family Support) in partnership with Durham County Council. This is the last email I will send to the group via the Success mailing group. My new email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As you signed up to be part of the County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network I will transfer your contact to the new email group unless you would like to be removed. Your email address is only used for the purposes of sharing information about children and young people’s mental health via The County Durham Emotional Wellbeing Network and is not passed to any other organisations. If you no longer wish to be part of the mailing list Please can you let me know ASAP. You are also able to unsubscribe at any time in the future

Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision 

We are pleased to let you know that “Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper” has now been published.

You can read the full green paper here and respond to the consultation here

The consultation will be open for 13 weeks to allow for the Christmas break, and closes at 12 noon on Friday 2 March 2018. We will be setting up and taking part in a range of consultation events in the new year, including for children and young people. Further details will be available in due course. The headline proposals in the Green Paper are: • New measures which signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available • Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools and colleges to improve prevention work • Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working directly with schools and colleges • New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted Under the plans every school and college in England will be incentivised to appoint a designated senior lead for mental health to co-ordinate existing school-based support as well as helping children to access specialist therapies and other NHS treatments if they need them. Supported by a training package of £15m-£20m a year until all schools have had the opportunity to train leads, the senior leads will also be responsible for developing a “whole school approach” to mental health and wellbeing – including making sure pastoral support is available for all pupils and that strong policies are in place to reduce bullying and other behaviours that can cause mental distress.

A further £209 million will be available to create new Mental Health Support Teams which will improve join-up between schools/colleges and the NHS. The teams will provide a wider range of support and treatments in or near schools and colleges, to improve earlier intervention to so mental health problems can be addressed before they become too serious. Several thousand people are expected to be recruited over the next five years to form these new teams, which could be trained to offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments. Supervised by clinicians they will also work closely with educational psychologists, school nurses, counsellors, social workers and others to assess and refer children for other specialist treatments if necessary.

Other measures set out in the Green Paper include: • Ensuring every primary and secondary school in the country is offered mental health awareness training. • Ensuring teaching all pupils about mental health and wellbeing is a focus of our work to improve the quality of relationships education and PSHE. • A new working group to look at mental health support for 16-25 year olds. • Commissioning further research to fill evidence gaps across children’s mental health, including understanding how better to support vulnerable families.

We look forward to your response to the consultation. Matthew Hopkinson on behalf of the Department for Education Catherine Tyack on behalf of the Department of Health Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper team”

County Durham Children and Young People’s Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Professional Network

Aim: To Improve outcomes for children, young people and families by:
• Providing a network meeting and e-network for practitioners who have an interest in promoting mental health & emotional wellbeing of children, young people and families in County Durham.
• Informing the work of the County Durham Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Emotional Wellbeing & Resilience Group.

Format The network was established in June 2014, is funded by Durham County Council Public Health and coordinated by Success (North East). Four two-hour network meetings take place throughout the year (September, December, February and May) as well as regular e-network sharing.

Each meeting includes:
• Guest Speakers focused around emotional & mental health
• An opportunity to share practice, ideas, issues and information about children and young people’s emotional& mental health
• A space for practitioners to support each other

Membership The network is free and open to any practitioner with an interest in promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of children, young people and families in County Durham. We currently have over 600 practitioners from a wide range of organisations registered on the e-network and between 30-50 practitioners attend each meeting.

What members say about the network:
• Love hearing how other groups are getting on and what other services are available from engaging presentations.
• Thank you, as head teacher, I can see how emotional development can be placed in the whole school development plan. Lots of justifications given today. • Really useful to hear from other speakers/agencies about what is available to support emotional well being
• Lots of useful contact numbers sharing ideas becoming aware of other organisations and extra support systems in County Durham
• Very useful for information forum & speakers. A great chance to share ideas and gain a little confidence as a new member – Thank You
• I found the session; Interesting and inspiring, extremely useful, great to chat to others. Thank you!

Getting Involved: If you would like to sign up to the network, attend as a guest speaker or would like any further information please contact Wendy Minhinnett on 07415380040 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.