STAMP Launch ‘My Mental Health Passport’

At a time when young people’s mental health and wellbeing is regularly top on the agenda, Chilypep, have designed a secure website to help young people track their mental health in their own words. 

The STAMP (Support, Think, Act, Motivate, Participate) group designed the digital mental health passport to help with transitions from service to service. These upheavals can often be difficult and challenging – especially when someone is living with a mental health problem.  Young people have said that meeting new people and having to repeat a sensitive story can be distressing – they loose track of who knows what, and what they’ve said.

Transitions is recognised as a big issue for young people and mental health services are constantly looking for ways to help young people navigate the complicated move from children to adult services. Sheffield CCG managed to secure a small pot of funding from NHS England to develop this website.

The ‘My Mental Health Passport’ website is a free space where young people can describe their experiences, preferences, emotions and feelings in a confidential environment. It’s been designed by young people for young people, so they can have more control over their information and their own stories. They’ve also added an emoji journal so young people can keep a track on mood or experiences between appointments to give a truer reflection of how they have been over the course of a week or a month.

When, where and how young people share their personal information in the passport is up to them- but it will hopefully help them manage difficult conversations with professionals.

The website also includes a ‘Help and Advice’ section, with a list of other websites that can offer help and advice, even if your not logged in.

We would appreciate your help in spreading the news about ‘My Mental Health Passport’ in whatever way you can. You can visit the website at www.mymhp.org.uk

Chilypep’s STAMP Group highly commended at Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards

STAMP Group young person Alex with the group’s Highly commended certificate

Chilypep’s Sheffield-based mental health action group STAMP have been Highly Commended at the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2019.

The STAMP group, which is a participation group run by Chilypep, aims to engage young people meaningfully in improving mental health services for young people.

They received their commendation for their work to improve the experience of transitioning from the NHS’ Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services. After listening to lived experiences of young people who had felt that their experience transitioning was difficult and stressful, the group has been working with CAMHS staff to ease the transition process.

The Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative is a user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including  NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups.

The annual awards recognise national excellence in both children and young people’s mental health and adult mental health services.

Barnsley Chronicle: An Oasis has been founded for youngsters

Chilypep’s OASIS group have been hailed Barnsley Young Champions 2019

A GROUP of young people have come together to spread awareness of mental health.

The Oasis group (Opening up awareness and influencing support) is made up of young people aged 14 to 21 who work alongside various mental health services in a bid to improve the support that is available for children and young people who require help.

The group, made up of 18 members, meets weekly at Horizon Community College and they are trained as young commissioners under the ‘Future In Mind’ local area transformation plan and work in Barnsley and at national level.

It is funded through the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and led by Chilypep (Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project).

Oasis has participated in projects with Barnsley CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), MindSpace and Barnsley Hospital women’s/maternity and Children’s departments.

It also campaigns to make things better for other young people in relation to key issues that are important to them around mental health.

The OASIS group at a stakeholder delivering their feedback

Its dedication for change and active role within the community, campaigning for better service provision for young people suffering with mental health has been recognised by Chantelle Carmen Parke, the participation and mental health training coordinator for the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project, and she nominated them for a Young Champions award under the Young Team of the Year for Community category.

She said: “The young people in Oasis have their own lived experience of mental health, accessing services and support and have a passion for making change in mental health and they are truly an inspiration to work with.

“They have worked locally and nationally, working with the Royal College of Psychiatry to have young people’s voices heard within the implementation of the Mental Health Support teams in schools. They have also worked with NHS England to plan the Youth Summit Event around the NHS Long term plan in regards to children and young people’s mental health. Oasis work incredibly hard and they are passionate to make a positive change.

“For a lot of them they are speaking from experience which drives them to work and enforce what they do and it empowers them as well as helping their mental well-being.

“The group work incredibly hard and they deserve to be recognised for the difference they are making not just locally but nationally to help young people suffering with mental health.”

Mental Health Apps: What do young people think?

Mental Health apps are increasingly being used by young people as an extra form of support.

For young people struggling with mental health there’s a new form of support becoming widely available. Not a therapist in a doctors office or a traditional service, this type of support comes from their smart phone and can be reached anywhere there is an internet connection.

2018 has seen an increase in the number of apps available aimed at young people to help support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

A rise in young people experiencing ill mental health along with severe cuts to services which would traditionally support them has lead to in increase in the number of apps available as well as the number of those downloading and using them. But are they a suitable substitute for traditional support? Which apps should young people use? Where can they find them?

Chilypep spoke to the young people we work with in Barnsley, aged between 15 and 19, to find out what young people really think about this digital support network and found mixed feelings and opinions.

“I think it’s good thatyoung people are turning to self-help methods. It’s easier to access support and self-help on phones and apps especially out of hours.” Said one young person.

Another young person commented “It’s good that we can get some help at anytime through the use of apps but it’s bad that we can’t get that help in person.”

When asked whether the young people found the apps personally helpful one young person said: “Sometimes but not when I’m at crisis point, you need to be calm enough to be rational and able to concentrate to use and understand the apps.” Another said: “I use them as they can give good advice but aren’t always helpful.”

The young people said that some of the most commonly used apps they has personal experience with were Alive, Safety Plan, WYSA, and Calm Harm.

Chilypep have been working with young people in Barnsley with funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group to develop resources for young people experiencing ill mental health.

This includes the groundbreaking Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit which launched in October 2017 and the Open Up Barnsley Directory or mental health services. This includes a guide to young people mental health friendly apps and websites. You can find the Open Up Barnsley Directory here.

Chilypep celebrates year of mental health training in Barnsley

Chilypep’s Barnsley Training Co-ordinator Chantelle Parke with the Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit.

As 2018 draws to a close Chilypep are celebrating a fantastic year of delivering mental health training in primary and secondary schools and the children and young people’s workforce across Barnsley.

Training Co-ordinator Chantelle Parke said:

“We’re dedicated to raising awareness and improving access to support for young people experiencing mental health problems and our training is a vital part of that commitment.  The data shows that after receiving training people feel more confident in providing support for those experiencing a mental health issues and crisis intervention skills. We hope that they take this knowledge forward into their every day lives. Together we can build a more mental health friendly society. ”

We’ve made a list, and checked it twice, and these are the official figures for our training since 2016.

Transitioning from secondary school to college: a young person’s story

Melissa’s personal story of transitioning from secondary school to college.

MDR Transition video

Change can be scary. One of the biggest changes young people face in their lives can be transitioning from one school to another, primary to secondary and secondary to college.

Young people need to feel supported and encouraged during these stressful transition periods in order for them to make the most of these opportunities for new experiences.

Our CHIL Peer Mentors in Barnsley College have been working on telling personal stories about transitions to let other young people know that they’re not alone and that many young people have the same fears and anxieties about transitions as they do.

In response CHIL Peer Mentor Melissa Jane put together this personal video about her transition from secondary school to college.  Commenting on why she made the video Melissa said: ” I wanted to share my experience because i thought it would help others my age and be relatable.” Click here to watch the Melissa’s Transition video

Chilypep win Voice and Influence award at VAS Make A Difference Awards

Chilypep young volunteers pose with their award at the ceremony.

Chilypep have been announced the winners of the Voice and Influence award at the VAS Make a Difference Awards.

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd December. The awards organisers, Voluntary Action Sheffield, say the ceremony is to showcase the work of dedicated organisations and individuals in the city who work to improve the lives of others.

The Voice and Influence Award, sponsored by the Business Improvement District (BID), recognises the importance of people’s engagement in local democracy and the vital role people play in giving others a voice to influence the city.

Chilypep Participation Project Worker Ellie Munday said:

“We are thrilled to have won the ‘Voice and Influence Award’, as this represents exactly what Chilypep is all about! The voices and views of young people influence everything that Chilypep does, and this award is a testament to all their amazing, creative ideas and hard work across all of our projects.”

Chilypep have been working with young people across the city to make sure their voices are heard around issues that are important to them.

Chilypep project member Beth Goodwin said:

“What a phenomenal achievement and great recognition for the hard work we do at Chilypep to change services for the better. Our voice and influence as young people really does make a difference and this has been showcased in winning the award. What a brilliant end to the year!”

Chilypep’s Sheffield-based Projects have been campaigning on improving mental health services for young people, healing community divisions and empowering women and girls. 

Chilypep’s purpose is to give young people in Sheffield and Barnsley the platform and the power to realise the potential of their own voices and have influence over decisions that affect them not only at a local level, but also nationally.

Chilypep staff and young people celebrate after their win.

 

 

 

 

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.