1. During working hours (9:00am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday) you should contact:
a person’s GP
or the Mindsmatter team (01695 684177)
2. Out of working hours (after 4:30pm weekdays, bank holidays and weekends) you should contact:
the Crisis Team (01772 773525)
or your GP for details of the out of hours service
3. Samaritans also provide telephone support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. You can call them or you can ask them to phone someone you are concerned about (if you have their consent) 08457 90 90 90. Their new free 24 hour helpline number is 116 123.
4. Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline (previously the Mental Health Helpline) 0800 915 4640 (Monday to Friday 7-11pm, weekends from noon until midnight)
If you think there is immediate danger you should dial 999
Children wait ten years for mental health support, says review from Centre for Mental Health
Children and young people with mental health difficulties go an average of ten years between first becoming unwell and first getting any help, according to an evidence review published today by Centre for Mental Health.
Missed Opportunities, by Lorraine Khan, reviews recent evidence about the mental health of children and young people in the UK. It finds that mental health problems are very common among young people, but awareness is poor and most attempts by parents to get help for their children are unsuccessful.
Alzheimer’s Research UK presents #sharetheorange – share with others
A campaign to reduce the stigma around mental health in children has been launched by the government. It will use school visits and social media to urge young people and parents to talk more about mental health. Read more on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34597424
‘Passport’ style brief of young people’s mental health launched
A ‘passport’ style brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences has been launched.
The ‘passport’ idea, which includes clinical information as well as key personal preferences, has been developed by young people, parents and carers and can now be used across care settings either on paper or on mobile phones.
The Future in Mind Report about improving children and young people’s mental health, said ‘You should only have to tell your story once, to someone who is dedicated to helping you, and you shouldn’t have to repeat it to lots of different people’ and the tool has been developed in line with this’.
Since the report was published NHS England and partners have been working to address the issues it raised.
Have you recently arranged an appointment, either by yourself or through your GP, to get help with a mental health issue? If so the NHS would really like to learn more about how you found arranging this first appointment, and in particular how you felt about the choice of services that may have been available to you.
Your comments will help them to understand:
how patient choice can best work for mental health services
what meaningful choice would look and feel like to you
what would be the best ways for people to find out more about the options available to them
You can share your experience and comments, confidentially and informally, in a way that is most convenient for you or if you are involved in a support group you may be interested in discussing this issue as a group.
Resource highlights the importance of measuring and acting to improve the mental well-being of children and young people
Measuring mental well-being in children and young people shows that raising levels of mental well-being influences a child’s ability to learn, their resilience to risky behaviours and their physical and mental health in adulthood. Public Health England’s resource is designed to help local organisations decide how to best gauge the mental well-being of children and young people in their areas. More information: http://www.yhpho.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=213417
The Kings Fund Alternative Guide to Mental Health Care
Samaritans has a free-to-call UK helpline number which will not show up in a user’s phone bill. The new free 24 hour helpline number is 116 123.
Register with the Youth Wellbeing Directory
The Directory is for organisations that improve the emotional wellbeing and/or mental health of children and young people up to the age of 25, their caregivers and families. It is open to all organisations: whether voluntary, private, NHS or other. This free online directory has been funded by the Department for Education to help service providers in the UK become more visible to both commissioners and the public.
Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline new freephone number
The phone number has changed for the Lancashire Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline and is now free. The number is now 0800 915 4640.
For more information regarding the service please contact Lorraine Khalaf, Mental Health Helpline Services Manager, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. Tel No: 01253 447900 / Email: Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Wellbeing Network Newsletter
Please Click here to read the first newsletter (June 2015).
New: Happy To Talk Session
Happy To Talk champions run sessions at International shop/café at Concourse in Skelmersdale. (Ground Floor). More information here. It is aimed at getting people from different ethnic backgrounds to mix. At first it will be held once a month session but may be able to increase to weekly as more Champions come on board.
Any queries, contact Cerys at the CVS – 01695 733737.
Lived Experience Network Lancashire Mind
This is an opportunity for people with lived experience of mental health conditions from all walks of life across Lancashire to inform and shape the delivery of the Blueprint for Lancashire. Involvement is flexible and varied. Informal meetings will occur monthly with different discussion topics and vary in location across the county with opportunity to be involved by phone and email. Please note there is no need for people to have had previous contact with Lancashire Mind. More information here.
Rural mental health
An article from the Rural Services Network investigates what can be done to reduce the stigma and inequalities facing rural people experiencing mental distress.
Skelmersdale Goal Difference Legends
A peer to peer support group based at Quarry Bank Community Association, Quarry Bank House, 364 Ormskirk Road, Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 9AL. Telephone: 07903516657. Weekly from 1pm to 3pm. More information here.
Mental Wellbeing Network Reports
Mental Wellbeing Network
The June meeting focused on the new plan for the mental wellbeing of children and young people which is being developed but all are welcome to attend.
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Integrated Commissioning Plan 2015-16
West Lancashire CCG has identified four improvement interventions and three additional programmes to focus on for West Lancashire, all of which are named on their website with three overarching priorities.
To find out more about these priorities and identified programmes, including details such as who the clinical lead is and what the CCG is hoping to achieve under each one, please read their Strategic Plan for 2015/16
There are a number of ways you can feedback on your experiences and/or get involved in influencing change:
The Insight Network also provides a mechanism through which organisations can work together with strategic partners and commissioners to influence care and support services. See website: www.theinsightnetwork.org/
The Clinical Lead for Mental Health at the CCG is Dr Ros Bonsor.