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Kent Youth MH Project

The objectives of this Kent and Medway-wide project, undertaken in 2012, were to: build resources in local communities to support young people's mental wellbeing; consult young people about what helps or hinders their mental health; and develop options for commissioning a youth MH service. The results were presented at a meeting led by young people in August 2013. Key suggestions made by the young people included:

• development of peer supporters in secondary schools;
• extension of the Place 2 Be service to all primary schools;
• mental wellbeing to be addressed in Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) classes with interested young people themselves being involved in the development of these sessions;
• improve information on how and where to get advice from for MH problems;
• provision of young-person friendly information on emotional and mental health and wellbeing;
• the ability to self-refer to the single point of access.

The Youth Parliament are keen to collaborate with commissioners in any service redesign.

Medway Youth Wellbeing Community

This forum regularly brings together representatives from Medway Youth Parliament, Medway Youth Trust and other young people resident in Medway. The forum aims to:

• improve the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people across Medway. Learning, through training delivered during forum meetings, is cascaded by young people to peers across their community/ schools;
• influence strategy development and service planning.

Workshop: future commissioning priorities

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group held this stakeholder event in August 2013 to inform the development of future commissioning priorities. Stakeholders included members of Medway Youth Parliament. Recommendations made by the young people and supported by other attending stakeholders included:

• better MH awareness training access and incorporation into Curriculum for Life;
• development support for prevention, including peer and pastoral support;
• schools and services must recognise and respond to self-harm;
• use of school nurses as a MH resource;
• take time to talk to the young person before making a referral to services.