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Transforming mental health services for children and young people

News   •   Sep 10, 2015 13:19 BST

People who live in Bury, and professionals who work in the borough, are invited to have their say on the future of mental health and emotional wellbeing services for children and young people.

Evidence shows that poor social and emotional wellbeing in children can lead to problems and mental health issues in adolescence and adulthood. It’s also known that the number of children and young people who experience these issues is ever increasing.

A borough-wide project is underway to transform Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to ensure that they are supported to overcome any issues and have the very best start in life, so they can reach their full potential.

The project is being led by a dedicated project group, which includes representatives from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group and Bury Council. Its success will rely on feedback from children and young people, parents and carers, professionals and anyone with an interest in local mental health and emotional wellbeing services for children and young people.

The first phase of this project is focusing on:

  • How children, young people and families access services, along with other mental health and wellbeing resources in the borough;
  • What kind of services people would like to see in the future; and
  • How, where and when they would like to be able to access these services

    Feedback is being collected in a variety of ways, including two short online surveys – one is tailored for children and young people, parents, carers and members of the public, and the second for any professional who works with children and young people.

    The web links for the surveys are as follows, or people can request a paper copy by contacting Andy Howard, CAMHS Programme Manager, at andy.howard@nhs.net

The closing date is Friday 18 September, 2015. Anyone who completes either survey will be entered into a prize draw.

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