OASIS, Chilypep’s Barnsley-based mental health action group were highly commended in the first National Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Awards.
The awards ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday January 6th and was the first Positive Practice awards to celebrate the work of children and young people across the country who have worked to improve services for their peers struggling with their mental health.
OASIS were shortlisted in the Innovator of the Year category for designing and developing the Mental Health First Aid Kit in 2017, which launched at Chilypep’s #NotJustMe event on World Mental Health Day.
“We’re delighted to have been highly commended for such an amazing award,” OASIS Project Coordinator Chantelle Parke said.
She continued, “The young people in the OASIS group have worked incredibly hard over the past year to end the stigma around mental health and improve services for other young people in Barnsley. It’s great to see their efforts recognised and is something that will be a positive memory for them as they move forward with their campaigning.”
The OASIS Group meets every Thursday at Horizon College in Barnsley to work on campaigns and engage in lively discussion around how to improve local mental health services and influence the national debate about young people’s mental health.
The group has been shortlisted for ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the national Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.
The award recognises children and young people who have taken the lead in planning, organising and delivering projects with a goal to help organisations such as schools, to promote positive mental health and inspire hope in children and young people.
Lead Project Worker Chantelle Parke said: “The shortlisting is a credit to the hardworking, passionate and creative young people in the OASIS group and their commitment to finding new and exciting ways to end the stigma around mental health and improve services for young people. The launch of the Mental Health First Aid Kit was a huge success and we look forward to seeing how it will be taken forward by schools, colleges and mental health services in the future.”
Patrick Otway, mental health commissioner at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a real credit to the young people involved in OASIS. Speaking up and getting involved isn’t always easy and they have really done themselves proud this year.”
The winner will be announced at the awards on January 6th.
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