Combined Healthcare marks World Mental Health Day

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but today is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day, recognised by The World Health Organisation on 10 October every year, provides an opportunity for all organisations working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

This year’s theme is young people and mental health in a changing world. Our Children and Young People’s Service (CAHMS) service is dedicated to ensuring all young people are given the support they require during their childhood and transition into adulthood.

We are proud to be supporting next year the National Awards ceremony for the 2019 National Children & Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Awards.

These awards recognises individuals or groups, and organisations providing services for children and young people.

We’ve also joined forces with Together We’re Better to co-host the region’s first Suicide Prevention Conference on Friday 30 November, taking place at bet365 Stadium in Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG from 9am – 4.30pm and will feature a number of key speakers, including:

  • Mr Ian Smith, HM Coroner – providing a local picture of suicide;
  • Dr Anja C. Gysin-Maillart – Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Programme (ASSIP);
  • Richard France – a survivor’s story;
  • Dr Faraz Mughal, GP and NIHR in practice fellow.

Click here  to book.

We are also proud to have been chosen as only one of four Trusts selected for the mobilisation phase of the Lorenzo Digital Exemplar programme.

The Trust see the Lorenzo Digital Exemplar programme as a great opportunity to improve our services for children in the community. These exciting plans build on our reputation as a digital exemplar and will be an excellent opportunity to spread our learning to other Trusts across the country.

Combined Healthcare’s plans centre on delivering a digital transformation programme with the Children and Young People (CYP) Directorate. We aim to deliver a future where young people and their families are empowered to use technology to revolutionise their care. We want to remodel the referral and assessment functions within our CYP service by increasing the proportion of children with the ability to self-care and self-refer into services. This self-referral approach improves recovery, and enables a person to seek prompt treatment at an early stage, and it also reduces the likelihood of lower degree problems becoming more severe.

We are working closely with local schools, helping us develop a vision of how technology can really change the lives of children, young people and their families.

As part of World Mental Health Day, our young people at the Darwin Centre have their fantastic artwork on display at Harplands Hospital. Well done to everyone involved in this project.