Upcoming Chilypep Events: Songs for Chilypep and our Annual General Meeting

Here at Chilypep we want to extend a warm welcome to all our supporters, young people, friends and those interested in what we do and how we help young people to our upcoming events this autumn.


Monday 1st October 2018 from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
The Conference Suite, Barnsley College, Old Mill Lane, Barnsley S70 2YW
From 4pm onwards
Come along and see our display stalls, presentations and films to find out about what we’ve done over the last year!
Meet young people, staff, volunteers and trustees and take part in some fun consultation activities!
Saturday October 6th at 7.30pm
The Hubs, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Join us for an evening of song performed by Caritas Harmony and supported by Sheffield Socialist Choir Performance includes classics and popular well loved tunes! The proceeds from the event will be donated to Chilypep, the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project
Buy tickets £10 here on ‘Songs for Chilypep.’
We look forward to seeing you and sharing our work with you!

OASIS group encourage men to speak out this World Suicide Prevention Day

This World Suicide Prevention Day Chilypep’s Barnsley-based OASIS group came together to spotlight the stigma surrounding young men and boys’ mental health and encourage them to talk about their feelings.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 50 and the OASIS group want to help those feeling desperate to reach out and ask for help.

To add their voices to the #AlrightPal campaign supported by Barnsley Council, the OASIS group created the following video clip to demonstrate the different ways people react to men opening up.

The first scenario in which a young man admits to a friend that he is feeling low shows a series of negative, stigmatising responses such as ‘man up,’ ‘get over it,’ ‘you’re bringing everyone down.’  The second scenario offers more supportive, encouraging responses.

Click the link below to listen to the audio clip.

You Alright Pal Video

The video is part of the OASIS group’s larger, ongoing campaigning around mental health. The group are currently working on their own campaigns to help young people like themselves find their inner hero and see the positivity in mental health.

LISTEN: Chilypep on BBC Radio Sheffield talk social media and mental health

STAMP group member Alex Somerset and Chilypep Communications lead Rebecca Cooke in the BBC Radio Sheffield talking to Howard Pressman.

As part of BBC Radio Sheffield’s ‘Heads Up’ week of special content around mental health, Chilypep were invited to talk to Howard Pressman about social media and the effects it can have on young people’s mental health.

STAMP group member Alex and Chilypep communications lead Rebecca Cooke visited the Sheffield studio.


Listen below here:

Chilypep BBC Radio Sheffield Heads Up

Or visit www.bbc.co.uk/radiosheffield to listen to the full show.

Empowerment through poetry

At Chilypep we believe in empowering young people to take positive actions and affect change in their own lives.

Empowerment can take many forms. Whether that’s writing a letter to your MP, taking part in a political demonstration or singing a song about something you believe in. But whatever form it takes, empowerment is all about expressing yourself.

Shannon, a 20-year-old member of the OASIS Group in Barnsley says that she enjoys writing poetry as a distraction and a way of working out her feelings about her mental health.

This powerful poem was written by Shannon and shared with Chilypep for our blog.

Shannon’s poem is a letter to her anxiety





DOWNLOAD: Top tips for supporting a friend poster

The top tips aim to give you ideas to support a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.

As the saying goes, the little things make a big difference.

That’s why we’re releasing our Top tips for supporting a friend poster to download on our website now.

Each of the top tips on their own may seem like a small gesture, but to someone struggling with their mental health, it can mean a lot.

From listening without judgement, making a cup of tea or taking part in creative wellbeing activities from our Mental Health First Aid Kit 

There are plenty of tips to help you be there for friends and people that mean a lot to you, who may be struggling, to let them know that they are not alone and help improve their wellbeing.

You can download the poster from the Resources and Reports page of our website.

Preview of the Poster

Chilypep group highly commended in national awards for Mental Health First Aid Kit

Chilypep’s OASIS group on stage at the awards ceremony with the Mental Health First Aid Kit

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.

Chilypep launched the Mental Health First Aid Kit officially 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.”

OASIS Group member Abi with the certificate of commendation at the awards at Albert Hall in Manchester

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.

To find out more about the group or get involved head over to the OASIS project page. 

LISTEN: How does it feel for young people transitioning through mental health services?

Chilypep is working with the Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) to help them come together and improve the process of moving through mental health services for young people.

Often, young people find that they become distressed and frustrated when moving through the services  as they have to answer the same question several times to several people, fill out a lot of paperwork that can be confusing, and feel overwhelmed by what feels like a barrage of information and intrusive questioning before they can get the help they need.

Chilypep project worker Sian Beynon presented the above audio clip at a conference with CAMHS and AMHS where STAMP group members consulted on how to improve transitions between services for young people.

“It can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience for young people to move between services,” says Sian.

“They are at a point where they need to feel heard and understood by the organisations and services they’re in contact with and it can  be a barrier to getting help when the processes aren’t in place for a smooth transition from different services or when leaving CAMHS and accessing AMHS. That’s why we’re working to improve this transition, based upon the consultations with young people and what they have told us.”

The audio clip above is an audio representation of how it feels, the kind of thoughts and questions young people have when moving through services or accessing them for the first time.


Free Radicals Chilypep Benefit Gig raises over £1500

The Free Radicals Benefit Gig was a huge success and Chilypep would like to thank all who came.
Local jazz and swing legends The Free Radicals hosted a benefit gig for Chilypep on Saturday Dec 2nd. The night was a huge success with over 150 attendees and £1586 raised through ticket sales, a raffle and auction. 

Chilypep supporters and music-lovers alike danced the night away at Crookes Social Club where the event was held.

The Free Radicals were joined by a support act, 17-year-old singer songwriter Rachel Webster, who performed a mix of original tracks and covers accompanied by her guitar.

The gig was also the last for Free Radicals’ percussionist Val Regan who will no longer be playing with the band due to other commitments.

The Free Radicals Performed jazz and swing classics.

Chilypep would like to thank all who attended the gig and donated their time, money and auction prizes.

The funds raised will go directly towards supporting Chilypep’s projects to empower young people and help them to shape their communities and the services they use.

Young people, students and community members danced the night away in aid of Chilypep.


Chilypep Celebrates World Mental Health Day at Barnsley #NotJustMe Event

Chilypep launched the Mental Health First Aid Kit officially this World Mental Health Day.

This World Mental Health Day saw the official launch of Chilypep’s mental Health First Aid Kits at Barnsley Town Hall. 

Hundreds of children, young people, Chilypep group members and service representatives gathered at the Town Hall for the launch of the kits, which will be distributed to schools and colleges around South Yorkshire.

They were created by Chilypep’s OASIS group  as part of their ongoing #NotJustMe campaign to end the damaging stigma around mental health.

The kits contain coping techniques and emotional wellbeing top tips including stress balls, materials to make a glitter jar, lavender dough and a fidget cubes as well as positive affirmations and inspiring quotes from other young people.

Pupils from local schools and colleges came together to celebrate World Mental Health Day and take part in drumming workshops, creative craft sessions and watch live music and spoken word poetry.

OASIS group members helped Dearne School children make lavender dough and glitter jars.

The campaign and event is part of a wider effort to improve Barnsley’s mental health services for young people under the Local Area Transformation Plan and Future in Mind, funded by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Barnsley who urged young people to talk about their mental health and Labour MP for Barnsley Dan Jarvis commented on the event: “Mental health affects us all. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will suffer from poor mental health at some point in their lives. We all know someone who has struggled with mental health.

“For far too long there has been a stigma attached to mental health. Too many people feel worried about coming forward and talking about it. But whilst we still have a long way to go to achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health, I am heartened by the progress we have made. Mental health is finally being seen as a top priority and that is because organisations like Chilypep and Hear My Voice have tirelessly advocated for it. I want to thank them for putting on this event.”

Chilypep, in partnership with Hear My Voice and Experience Barnsley Museums, collected the views and opinions of young people, calling for them to write their opinions about mental health, coping mechanisms and what makes them stressed on the display cabinets in the museum.

Young people made their voices heard and wrote their opinions about stress, coping techniques and mental health on the display cabinets.

The event also saw the launch of the OASIS group manifesto which includes key consultation findings and recommendations from young people abou how mental health services for young people can be improved in Barnsley. To read more and download the manifesto here.

Chilypep would like to thank all the services, organisations, young people and schools who cam to the event. Together we will create  mental health friendly Barnsley!