Briefing: Children and Young People’s Mental Wellbeing
Venue: The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, 1st Floor, Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, B66 1BB
Date: Tuesday 5th September
Timing: arrive 12.30pm for a light buffet lunch and drinks, 1pm start, 2.30pm finish
Cost: Members – Free Non members – £13.50
Learn about policy and practice, challenges and opportunities for sustaining and developing services in the West Midlands
There are a wide range of factors influencing mental health. Social, economic and physical environmental influences have been shown to be critical, with social inequalities increasing the risk of many common mental health problems (WHO and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2014). From a life course perspective, there are risks associated with the inter-generational transmission of inequality and increased risks of poor mental health.
Mental health problems have high rates of prevalence; they are often of long duration, even lifelong in some cases; and they have adverse effects on many different aspects of people’s lives, including their education, employment, social participation, personal relationships and physical health. No other health condition matches mental ill health in the combined extent of prevalence, persistence and breadth of impact. Despite this, the majority of mental health problems go unrecognised and untreated (McManus et al., 2009).
The mental health of children and young people needs to be a priority, as intervention in the early years has been shown to reduce mental health problems in adulthood.
The third sector occupies a specialist niche within a wider ecosystem of mental health support, reflecting the marked involvement of current and former service users. There is a wealth and diversity of third sector organisations in the West Midlands supporting local communities’ mental wellbeing – from those that provide specialist mental health services to those that promote mental wellbeing, those that work with particular social and vulnerable groups and provide support to carers of individuals with mental health problems to those who advocate to enable people to have a voice and greater control and choice.
Mental health funding has always been the ‘poor relation’ of health funding. This combined with recent public sector cuts and an economic downturn has created reduced or short term funding to third sector organisations at a time when demand for such services has increased.
This briefing will provide an overview of the current policy and practice context for mental health provision for children and young people and consider the challenges that face health services in implementing the current Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. A critical analysis of the provision of mental health services and support to children and young people in the West Midlands will be presented and the challenges and opportunities for third sector organisations in sustaining and developing services and support in the region.
Panel of Speakers:
Diane has worked in the charity sector for 20 years, mostly for charities concerned with justice, social welfare and inclusion. Diane heads up a team at YoungMinds that supports fundraising efforts from our supporters including trusts, corporate partners, individuals and community fundraising. She’s held various roles in the last 20 years including Director of Fundraising and External Communications at BAAF, Director of Business Development at Enterprise Education Trust and Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Giles Trust. Diane has also been a Trustee of the Prisoners’ Advice Service for 6 years.
Karen joined HSMC as a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Management in November 2013. Originally qualifying as a clinical psychologist, Karen has over thirty years’ experience in the health and social care sector, including direct service provision and commissioning. For the past ten years Karen has been involved in research, consultancy and system development for a broad range of health and social care organisations including government. Her recent work has focused on the implementation of health and social care policy, patient and public involvement, advocacy and action to tackle health inequalities and discrimination.
Claire Dale – Director of Operations, Kaleidoscope Plus Group, West Bromwich
Prior to becoming the Director of Operations, Claire was a Trustee and later Chair of Kaleidoscope Plus Group from 2008 until 2010. She has a varied 10 year background within the health, social care and social housing sectors working at operational, managerial and strategic levels.
Melinda Connelly, Regional Manager BBC Children in Need
Come along to learn more, ask questions and be inspired with ideas for what you and your organisation could do to help.