Joined Up 2013

 Building on the success…

…of last year’s The Art of Participation conference, held at The Lauries Centre in Birkenhead on World Mental Health Day 2012, Wirral CAMHS is hosting a tightly packed programme of keynote speakers and interactive stalls to promote the importance of mental health and emotional well-being for all young people, as well as showcasing the support services that are working together with young people and their families across Wirral.


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Joined Up – A shared theme

We all know that growing up strong, confident and able to get the most from life, is never down to one single factor.  Instead, achieving good mental health and emotional well-being is about bringing together a set of mutually reinforcing parts that will nurture and encourage not only psychological development but also physical and social growth.

Appreciating this fact allows us to recognise that our ambitions for every child and young person cannot be achieved by one organisation or service alone.

This unique event showcases the ‘joined up’ ways in which Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is working together with different agencies across Wirral to make sure that every child and young person, is given the best start in life.  It is also a great opportunity to come and meet some of the teams of people providing emotional health and well-being services to young people across Wirral.

What is mental health and well-being?

Well-being expert and Professor of Public Health at the University of Warwick, Sarah Stewart-Brown explains that:

 “It’s useful to start with the idea that overall well-being involves both the mind and the body. And we know that physical and mental well-being are closely related”.

“Of course, feeling happy is a part of mental well-being. But it is far from the whole. There is a deeper kind of well-being, which is about living in a way that is good for you and good for others around you”.

“Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental well-being. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too”.

“So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. And so are good relationships, which bring joy to you and those around you”.

“Of course, good mental well-being does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult. But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual”.

Mental well-being can take many different forms and will be different for every person, but at its heart is feeling good about oneself and being able to cope with the world around us.

Joining the ‘Joined Up’ event

Once again, using the global backdrop of World Mental Health Day, an annual occurrence to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and well-being, the Joined Up event will provide a useful insight into the strength of Wirral’s collaborative working and the ways in which its use of partnership continues to expand the quality and efficiency of its community focused provision.

Whether you are a young person, a parent/carer or a professional, this free event is open to anyone who would like to better understand the support Wirral offers and the ways in which this robust and growing network of innovative provision can help you.  So why not:-

Group and school bookings welcomed




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