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Help to improve children’s and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services


Invitation to young people, their families and carers 

to help improve children's and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing services

April and May 2019

Healthwatch organisations across Lancashire and South Cumbria are working closely with the NHS to make sure that young people are at the centre of redesigning children’s and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services. 

Over the past year, we worked with young people with lived experience of mental health issues, their families and carers on what a great service would look like.

They told us that there are six key areas of concern:

  • There isn’t enough support for young people from services.
  • People in communities as well as professionals need more knowledge about mental health and its impact.
  • Waiting times are too long.
  • Criteria get in the way of accessing support.
  • There needs to be more options for treatment.
  • There is still a negative stigma about mental health.

We recently held a series of co-production events and now invite parents / carers and young people who have experience of these services to join us at any of the sessions below to speak directly about your experiences with commissionsers and providers of these services.

  • Access to services, week of 1st April ( Park Hall Hotel, Chorley) 
  • Getting Advice week of 15th April (Gujarat Centre, Preston)
  • Getting Help, week of 29th April (Gujarat Centre, Preston)
  • Getting More Help, week of 13th May (Gujarat Centre, Preston)
  • Getting Risk Support, week of 27th May (Park Hall Hotel, Chorley)

Timings are completely flexible.

Hopefully, you can spare just a few hours one day to come to one of the workshops - in between school drop offs and pickups. 

We will also cover your travel expenses.

If you think that you can help, please contact Sarah Johns at Healthwatch:

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