Northumberland pilot site
The Northumberland tackling stigma pilot currently sits under the umbrella of the local CAMHS partnership and is co-ordinated through the Northumberland Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme. Consequently the products that are being developed are very much within the context of improving mental health outcomes for children in schools. Key to the pilot is the participation of young people who have been accessed through schools and voluntary sector support services to get a true representative sample of children and young people in the region.
The young people took part in a DVD, sharing their views about what it feels like to be different and the effects of labelling.
It also features three young people who tell their stories about their experience of mental health problems. The DVD will be used in training both school staff and 7 to 18 years olds so that they better understand mental health, mental ill-health and the stigma associated with it.
Alongside this, Northumberland has developed a training workshop for school staff called Wellbeing in the Workplace. This looks at the causes and signs of stress and suggests self help strategies and where to seek help from within your organisation. The purpose of this workshop is to illustrate how mental health problems can affect anyone at any time.
Additionally, a peer education drama workshop is being developed with young people to further promote mental health and tackle the associated stigma of mental ill-health.
Top tips from Northumberland
- Embed tackling stigma in the CAMHS strategy.
- Stay focused on young people – use simple language.
- Consider investing in software to check whether materials are in plain english.
- Allow time for participation to take place.
- Highlight tackling stigma as part of Healthy Schools and PSHE agendas to engage schools.
Case study example: Communicating pathways in Northumberland
This intervention is involving specialist CAMHS and the Tackling Stigma Pilot alongside Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) developing a Mental Health Toolkit to be used in schools by professionals. The Toolkit will contain information on referral pathways, services and interventions offered at different levels. The intention of this intervention is to demystify ideas and perceptions of CAMHS and reduce any fears or potential barriers.
The evidence of need for this intervention stems from TaMHS, which evidenced a gap in materials produced in accessible language for children and young people. They are using ‘plain English software’ to analyse materials. Currently specialist CAMHS are in the process of designing materials, which will then be presented to children and young people for their feedback. They anticipate success to be the continual use of this intervention throughout CAMHS for children and young people.
The Toolkit will be piloted in TaMHS schools through designated Mental Heath leads, who are professionals that received specific training to equip them with knowledge and confidence when presented with children or young people with mental health problems.
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For more information please contact:
Project Manager of Northumberland TaMHS currently Anne Duggan e: