Sharing Mymind’s social media vision with CWP Chief Executive

Last Tuesday was a momentous day for the mymind team.  We met with Sheena Cumiskey , Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) Chief Executive at our trust’s Trust Board offices at Redesmere in Chester.

Mymind won the  ’Innovative Access to Public Services’ category at the  2014 INetwork Awards and the team had travelled to Redesmere for the award to be displayed in the trophy cabinet at the Trust’s head quarters.

Lesley Dougan, Rachael Pulham, Rebecca Moon, Kay McKenna and Rebecca Clare along with 2 young people from Cheshire West met with Sheena to share the importance of embracing social media as a way of engaging young people who may need to access CAMHS.

The young people talked about developing a @mymindfeed Facebook page that they could share their experiences with others.  This would be a great way of challenging stigma and using social media to promote positive mental health in young people.

Lesley and the team spoke about the importance of having CAMHS staff as moderators who would check any comments before they were posted live on the page.  This would ensure that any unsuitable comments would not make it onto the Facebook page.  Sheena recognised the importance of putting safeguards in place and having sound governance and offered her support to the steering group in making this development a success.

Although Facebook has been around for a number of years, it has been something many NHS trust’s have been wary of engaging with.   Young people are the driving force behind CWP CAMHS and Mymind putting social media at the heart of service development.

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