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.
Chilypep would like to thank all who attended the gig and donated their time, money and auction prizes.
Saturday November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Chilypep marched with young women and girls through Sheffield as part of the Reclaim the Night Women’s March.
Armed with protest signs and placards made during sessions with Chilypep around women’s and girl’s rights, the girls marched along with supporters and representatives from Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Students Union and the campaign group This Girl Can.
The march was organised in support of the elimination of violence against women and as a call to end street harassment so that all women and girls feel safe walking the streets at night.
Chilypep Project Worker Ellie Munday said: “There was a great atmosphere and sense of solidarity on the march. It was great to give these young women the chance to get involved in what was, for some of them, their first political action.”
Some of the art work created by the Chilypep girls’ group was exhibited in The University of Sheffield Student’s Union to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the 2018 Representation of the People Act in which women in the UK were permitted to vote for the first time. Chilypep will be exhibiting at Weston Park Museum to commemorate the victory for women’s rights and celebrate a proud history of political action.
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.
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.
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!
Originally Published in the Sheffield Star Online by Sam Jackson. 8/8/17
Schools and colleges across South Yorkshire are to get first aid kits to cope with mental health issues of youngsters.
Sheffield-based charity The Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project has developed the kits, which are much like a traditional first aid box, with youngsters across South Yorkshire.
The kits will include supplies to help young people cope and resolve a number of mental health issues such as glitter jars, stress balls, lavender dough, wristbands and colour therapy books. The charity has also worked with a group of teenagers to create 31 tips for better mental health – one for each of day of the month – designed to manage symptoms alongside support.
The first 50 kits and advice will be distributed among schools and colleges, with others being adopted by organisations across South Yorkshire, in time for World Mental Health Day on October 10.
Chilypep participation co-ordinator and mental health trainer, Chantelle Parke, has been working alongside young people, including Barnsley mental health campaigning group OASIS, to create the kits.
She said: “What we are aiming to achieve with the Mental Health First Aid Kits is parity of esteem. We want mental health to be seen as equally as important as our physical health. “It’s common to see first aid kits in every office, classroom and public space, why shouldn’t there be mental health first aid kits too?”
“Many of the supplies in the kits are distraction techniques. They include things like squeezing a stress ball instead of punching a wall, or using a marker pen to mark where you would normally cut.”
For the last two years, Chilypep has also been consulting with young people to improve services, the quality of support available and access.
Chilypep are partnering with creative arts therapy group Hear My Voice to celebrate the distribution of the kits, which are funded by Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, on World Mental Health Day.
Originally published in The Barnsley Chronicle 30.6.17 by Alicia Clow. http://bit.ly/2u8TEVI
A Barnsley project has developed a young people’s mental health first aid kit to improve support for mental health issues.
The kits have been produced by young people’s empowerment project Chilypep, and include items such as glitter jars, lavender dough, wristbands and colour therapy books, are aimed at helping young people to cope and resolve a number of mental health issues. Alongside the kit, the organisation has worked with a group of teens to create 31 tips for better mental health – one for each day of the month – designed to manage symptoms alongside support.
It is hoped the kits and advice will be adopted by other organisations, with the first 50 to be distributed among local schools and colleges later this year.
Enabling young people to talk about their issues
Chilypep participation co-ordinator and mental health trainer Chantelle Parke has been working alongside young people to create the kits. She said: “It’s a distraction technique. They include things like squeezing a stress ball instead of punching a wall, or using a marker pen to mark where you would normally cut.”
Part of the Barnsley Local Area Transformation Plan – a collaboration between Barnsley CCG and a group of specially commissioned service providers – for the last two years, Chilypep has also been consulting with young people to improve services, the quality of support available and access. Young people’s mental health services are high on the government agenda and have become a national talking point.
But Chantelle said Barnsley is ahead of the curve: “We’re starting to see lots more around mental health and it has enabled young people to talk about their issues more.”
Chantelle said that school pressures, social media and bullying are high on young people’s list when it comes to things that can cause distress.
“Because of social media, if a young person is being bullied in school, they go home and it’s still happening,” she said.
Every Thursday between 5pm and 7pm Chilypep runs the OASIS Mental Health group at Horizon Community College, where 11 to 25-year-olds are able to find support, learn more about services available and to help shape what is on offer in Barnsley.
Through listening to young people’s experiences of mental health services, the project has discovered there is a commonality between the group’s experiences.
Frequent problems include: repeating the same story over and over again to different healthcare professionals, long waiting lists for support, inability to build a relationship with just one person and a lack of awareness regarding support available.
The transformation plan hopes to use the opinions of the OASIS group to create an online directory of services and improve mental health services in the borough
Young people looking to get involved and inform the future of mental health services in Barnsley can search Chilypep on Facebook or call Chantelle on 07896131676.
Chilypep has been shortlisted for two prestigious Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.
Having worked with vulnerable and excluded groups of young people in Sheffield and South Yorkshire for fifteen years, Chilypep has been shortlisted for the Young Carers Award and the Health and Wellbeing Award at the national Children and Young People Now Awards 2016.
Chilypep, City of Sanctuary, Who Is Your Neighbour, MESH and Voluntary Action Sheffield, are working together to develop a community cohesion project.
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Rebecca Batley, volunteer for Chilypep and member of Young Healthwatch has been busy speaking out around mental health with the aim of #STAMPingOutStigma and encouraging services to better support young people in Sheffield.