Joined Up thinking for World Mental Health Day 2013

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 CWP celebrated World Mental Health Day by holding a successful multi-agency event, aimed at promoting the importance of mental health and emotional well-being for young people across Wirral.

 The event, which was led byCheshireand Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team, took place at the Floral Pavilion,New Brightonon World Mental Health Day.

 Over 200 people attended the tightly packed programme of keynote speakers and interactive stalls, which displayed the extensive support services, that are working together to achieve better outcomes for young people and their families.

 Val McGee, CWP deputy director of operations and service director for Wirral, said: “This unique event showcased the ‘joined up’ ways in which CWP is working together, with different agencies across Wirral to make sure that every child and young person is given the best start in life.

“Mental health is everybody’s business and it is important that we give it the due care and attention that we afford physical health. One in ten young people will encounter a mental health illness, so it is imperative that we talk to each other and young people feel that they can talk to us.”

 Dr Fiona Pender, CWP consultant clinical psychologist and joint clinical director for Wirral CAMHS, said: “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 mix of parts, which will encourage not only psychological development but physical and social growth as well. 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.”

 Exhibitors at the event included Barnados, Wirral Community NHS Trust, Wirral Autistic Society, WIRED – Parent Partnership Services, Response, Homestart, Wirral Children’s Centre, Wirral Educational Psychology Team, Kidstime, Wirral Open Door Centre, Catch 22, and Wirral Change – Black and Racial Minority Outreach Services.

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