PROJECT PLANInvestigate whether a youth mental health service model in Kent would provide a more robust young person orientated service.Understand the social, psychological and environmental stressors that impact on Kent’s young peoples emotional well being.Listen to the young people of Kent.Support the education/awareness of providers who work with young people in Kent.
Wider community involved Need for holistic in promoting health and approach educational services UNICEF survey on child well being Children and young Use of social capital people to help structure and share services
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES• 3 objectives to the project1) To hear from young people in Kent and Medway what helps and hinders their mental health2) To build resources in the local communities to support young peoples mental well being3) Commissioning a youth mental health service
Material resources, equitable Relationships and respect, social access to assets that support support, collective respect for mental well being people experiencing misfortune Interventions to promote mental well being (MWIA 2011) Inner resources, strengtheningMeaningful activity, opportunities psychological, life skills and to contribute resilience
SCOPE OF THE PROJECTProject will take approximately 9 monthsMarch 2012 to deliver 3 Youth Mental Health First Aid Programmes across Kent.May and June 2012 canvass young peoples views about well being from 20 focus groups.September 2012 – project report and recommendations completed. Service gaps identified and options explored for developing an integrated model for youth mental health services
YMHFA To preserve life where a young person may be a danger to themselves or others. To provide help to prevent the mental health problem developing into a more serious state. To promote the recovery of good mental health To provide comfort to a young person experiencing a mental health problem. To raise awareness of mental health issues in the community. To reduce stigma and discrimination.
2 DAY COURSEIntroduction – context/definitions of mental healthAnxiety and depressionSuicide and psychosisSelf harm, substance misuse and eating disorders
3 X YMHFA COURSES• 3 courses run in East and West Kent and Medway.• Courses hosted by voluntary sector and educational institutions.• The courses ensured inclusion of non statutory providers.• Attendees included – Rethink CDWs, Higher and Further education staff, Shaw Trust(employment), KCA (drug and alcohol services), YOS, community projects for BME young people, Kent safeguarding police, Porchlight (housing and homeless project), Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Princes Trust, Platform 51(project for women).
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL USE THEIR NEW SKILLS AFTER YMHFA “back up improve the “Immediately to support provided to the “To be more ready develop the children, young people with young people” quality of and adults” “Everyday Shaw Trust standards of our Disability coordinator with the current service”young people Platform 51 on my project” “Will use it on a Porchlight daily basis” Sandwich “I will be more aware of Technology what symptoms to look for School and be able to react immediately” Caribbean teacher/mentor “To be more aware and understand how to help, “It has given me a better where to signpost understanding on how people that need help” to help young people” Charlton Athletic Charlton Athletic Community Trust Community Trust
CONFIDENCE TO SUPPORT YP AFTER YMHFAPersonal confidence of how Knowledge and understandingto support YP with a problem of how best to support a YP
FOCUS GROUPS Focus groups will be between 6-8 young people (aged 12-25). Facilitated by an assistant psychologist and Rethink CDW. Grounded Theory will be used to gather information to enable as far as possible young people to set the agenda of what affects their well being in Kent. Proposed groups identified so far include – young offenders(Cookham Wood), Canterbury College, University of Kent, Sandwich Technology School, Folkestone Academy, Platform 51, Sure Start, Porchlight, Connexions, Asylum Seekers Service, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh community project/services, LGBT group, Charlton Athletic/Gillingham FC youth teams, Kent (youth) Link, Princes Trust, KCA (substance misuse services, Sainsbury/Tesco.
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT KENTKent has a population of approx 1,690,000Canterbury has the largest population with 153,200 and Dartford the smallest with 94,600.Kent has 213,300 young people aged 15-24 (12.7%)Canterbury has 30,900 YP aged 15-24 (20.1%)Thanet has the highest number of households in poverty (26.3%).Unemployment in Kent (not including Medway) has increased for YP under 25 from 1770 (September 2010) to 9005 (September 2011)BME make up 7.6% of the population in Kent with the highest % in Dartford (12.1%) and Gravesham (13.6%)
PROJECT BENEFITSA clear and realistic picture of what young people want for their well beingWhat the effects of the training are for resources in the communities to support young people betterRecommendations for commissioning changes to service models
RISKSThe project cuts across organisational boundaries in children’s and adult services.Current funding arrangements for delivering mental health services are changing (e.g. PbR, clustering)Risks are mitigated by having a strong project/steering group that includes YP representation.Expectations for new services will be managed by clear messages about the phases of the project and possible timescales.