This article originally appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle on December 29th by Lynsey Bradford
A Barnsley mental health group for young people is in the running for a national award.
OASIS, which stands for Opening Up Awareness & Support & Influencing Services is a Chilypep group based in Barnsley which aims to give young people a say in how mental health services are run.
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.
OASIS has developed a Mental Health First Aid Kit which was launched in Barnsley on World Mental Health Day in October 2017 and aims to make mental health more visible in public spaces and help young people struggling with ill mental health to ask for help.
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.