Want to read more?We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Oban Times – subscribe today for as little as 56 pence per week. Subscribe NowArgyll and Bute Council has approved a new mental health and wellbeing guidance document for schools, entitled Our Children, Their Mental Health. Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘Our education staff already do a tremendous job of supporting our children and young people through difficult times in their lives, but it’s not always easy to spot the signs of those struggling, those putting on a brave face but breaking apart behind their smile. Sometimes it’s staff themselves who are suffering in silence with their own mental health issues. ‘This new document will help encourage positive conversations about mental health with both pupils and staff, and will ensure more information is available in our schools.‘It will … [Read more...] about New mental health guide approved
A father has criticised mental health services after one of his sons died from a self-inflicted stab wound.An inquest into the death of David Pool, of Swaffham, heard that he had been sectioned and was treated at Lynn's Fermoy Unit early this year.The hearing at Lynn Coroner's Court yesterday was only for Norfolk assistant coroner Johanna Thompson to give her conclusion following the consideration of a "considerable amount" of evidence.She said David's father, Robert, had voiced concerns about a lack of follow-up care after he was discharged.She added: "In particular he commented that it was over a month before there was any word from the community mental health team."His further concern was because David had told the team that he did not want any further help, he was removed from their list. He said if the family had been asked about this they would have raised concern."Mr Pool believes that if the family had been consulted more, the medical practitioners looking after David may have … [Read more...] about Father criticises mental health services following death of Swaffham man
A student has presented recommendations to parliament on mental health in young people.Orla Wain, of Bingham, who is the mental health ambassador at Toot Hill school, Bingham, worked with 127 other 14-25-year-olds, including 30 from Nottinghamshire, on the MH:2K project.The project is delivered by a partnership between charity Involve and social enterprise Leaders Unlocked.The project provides mental health recommendations for professionals, mental health services, communities, families, social media, and schools, colleges and universities.Its aim is to show what a mentally healthy area would look like from a young person’s perspective.The project involved collecting data from more than 3,400 young people, analysing, it and deciding on recommendations.Orla, along with other citizen researchers, presented the findings and recommendations to the Houses of Parliament.Orla, 16, first heard about the project through her school and decided to apply.In her application she had to … [Read more...] about Mental health ambassador presents to Parliament
Josie Spencer, chief executive at NCHC, and Antek Lejk, chief executive at NSFT. Photo: NCHC/NSFT NCHC/NSFT One of the county’s worst performing healthcare trusts could merge with Norfolk’s best in a bid to bring together care in the community. Documents prepared ahead of a board meetings of the region’s mental health trust, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), and Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCHC) last month said the two trusts and Norfolk County Council (NCC) wanted to bring a “greater degree of formality” to the way the three organisations worked together.And bosses were looking at the form this could take, including shared posts or even a merger.The aim was to “maintain clinically and financially sustainable services” as the whole Norfolk health system looked to work more closely together. Josie Spencer, chief executive at NCHC, and Antek Lejk, chief executive at NSFT, said in a joint statement: “Our vision is to … [Read more...] about Could mental health and community health trusts merge?
A shortage of specialist staff could hinder further improvements for children and young people in Northumberland accessing mental health services. As reported at Northumberland County Council's health and wellbeing board last month, action has been taken to ensure that waiting times for mental health treatment for young people have dropped significantly. A plan was drawn up following a rise late last year and it has seen an improvement in overall performance, with the longest wait for treatment reducing from more than 30 weeks to 12 weeks. The specialist children and young people's mental-health community service (CYPS) in the county is provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW). Presenting a more detailed update to the board on Thursday, Suzanne Barton, of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "NTW has implemented a number of changes since the end of last year and I have to say that is really starting to bear some fruit. "The service has also … [Read more...] about Fears staff shortage could impact children in need of mental health services