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
We would appreciate your help in spreading the news about
‘My Mental Health Passport’ in whatever way you can. You can visit the website
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.
Happy new year from everyone at Chilypep! We want to kick off 2019 with some fantastic fundraising news.
One of our fantastic supporters has been getting creative with her fundraising for Chilypep and has made these sweet stitched tissue holders. After working her magic with her knitting needles Sarah Penn sold her adorable tissue holders and made an amazing £100 for Chilypep.
Sarah said: “I got the idea to make the tissue pockets when I was thinking about ways to reduce the amount of plastic that I use. I always have a pack of tissues in my bag, but they are wrapped in plastic from a bigger plastic covered packet. I knit lots of socks and try to find ways to use the spare bits of amazingly coloured yarn. Putting those two thoughts together seemed obvious, and I did some experimenting!”
Sarah sold the tissues at an event at the end of last year called Crafty Crawl which involves people in her community in York making craft items and selling them in their homes.
Commenting on why Sarah chose to support Chilypep Sarah said: “I wanted to support Chilypep particularly because life can be really difficult for children and young people, especially nowadays with so many pressures. I’ve heard about the way you work to help them develop a belief in themselves and skills which will benefit them throughout their lives. I think you also have greater impact because you help schools and other organisations to look at how they can listen to young people more effectively too.”
We love it when our friends and supporters get creative with their fundraising. If you want to find out how to fundraise, get involved or volunteer with us head to www.chilypep.org.uk/donate
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
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.
“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 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 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.
Chilypep’s RUBIC(Respect and Understanding; Building Inclusive Communities) project has been celebrated by a new report published today by the British Academy.
Representatives from RUBIC attended the report’s launch at the House of Commons alongside The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth and Chuka Umunna MP.
The “If you could do one thing…” Local actions to improve social integration looks report at a range of methods being implemented by community projects around the UK to improve social integration in local areas, drawing on evidence from practitioners, volunteers and members of the public.
RUBIC is a project working to enhance social cohesion in Sheffield. The partnership project between Chilypep, Mediation Sheffield (MESH), City of Sanctuary Sheffield, and Who Is Your Neighbour? has been funded by the Big Lottery to work in partnership with Parkwood Academy until 2020. The RUBIC project takes a holistic approach to improving integration and easing tensions surrounding social cohesion in Sheffield, using safe space dialogues, community mediation, awareness raising sessions, peer support and a young community leaders programme. The project focuses in the North of Sheffield, making connections between newly arrived migrants and more established residents in their own neighbourhoods, helping to increase understanding and create more resilient communities.
The British Academy report consists of a collection of essays on the social integration of both new and long settled communities, as well as case studies of various UK community projects that are focussed on the integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in their local area – including RUBIC based in Sheffield.
Laura Abbott, RUBIC Coordinator said:
“What makes this project so exciting is its’ holistic approach to social integration. Rather than delivering activities in silo, we have come together to combine a range of expertise and activities to truly empower communities and neighbourhoods. The project works with new arrivals, refugees and asylum seekers, but also host communities across all age ranges.
Focusing on and around Parkwood Academy we have developed a range of activities, including safe spaces where people can come to explore thoughts and perceptions about their neighbourhoods, community mediation and guardianship programmes, peer support and awareness raising work, support groups for newly arrived young people and unaccompanied asylum seeking young people, and social action projects that young people can engage in.
Ultimately we hope that we can use this resource to empower those we engage with to be able to have a voice and a say in all the issues that affect them and to influence the change they would like to see in their local areas. The idea of cohesion can often be superimposed onto a given community and we want to be led by those we are working with around what ‘cohesion’ looks like and what this means to them and be led by this.”
Chair of the British Academy project, Professor Anthony Heath CBE FBA said:
“It is often said that we live in a divided society, yet our research shows how small, local projects are already making difference to the lives of established and newly-arrived migrant communities across the UK.
“But it is clear that integration does not happen on its own. Social integration must be supported and planned, taking into account the diverse needs of specific communities and places.
“The Government’s forthcoming Integration Strategy must take account of the good work that is already going on. Only then can we build sustainable and cohesive communities, where people of all backgrounds are welcomed and supported.”
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government said:
“If you could do one thing…” provides practitioners, policy makers and communities invaluable and practical insights on how we can strengthen integration in local places drawing on our collective knowledge and practice.”
Commenting on the launch of the British Academy’s “If you could do one thing…” report, Chuka Umunna MP said:
“I welcome the publication of this report. We need a meaningful Integration Strategy which works for all parts of the UK to celebrate and look beyond our differences. However, integration is a two-way street requiring action on the part of newcomers and host communities.
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.
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.