On Tuesday, 5th July 2016, the South East Clinical Network (SECN) hosted the South East CYP Mental Health Crisis Workshop. Delegates from across children and young peoples’ (CYP) mental health services, emergency services and acute trusts were invited to the event, together with CCG and Local Authority commissioners and several independent providers.
A mental health crisis occurs when a child or young person, parent or carer, professional or other adult believes the level of distress and risk presented is not supported or contained by the care system that is in place. Crisis can show itself as self-harm, overdose, an abnormal mental state or in many other ways.
The workshop, led by the SECN Clinical Lead, Dr. Ann York, sought to share good practice of crisis-pathway projects from across Kent, Surrey, and Sussex and to identify the unresolved issues and challenges experienced by those in mental health crisis.
Having identified those challenges during the morning’s presentations, delegates self-selected topics for table discussions in the afternoon. The wide cross-section of participants resulted in an extremely interactive solutions-focussed day with lots of enthusiasm in the room. Illustrators were on hand to capture the different topics discussed and were able to produce an image which captures the key points & recommendations produced during the event (see image attached to this blog post).
During the workshop, a core group of parents and young people contributed regularly to the discussion and were able to ensure that the realities of dealing with a crisis were shared with delegates.
The event received fantastic feedback on the content of the day and expert leadership from both Dr. Ann York and Dr. Duncan Law (who led the panel discussion):
“All excellent, prompted discussions and creative thinking.”
“All presentations very informative; Panel – excellent; service users gave it real food for though.”
“What an inspiring morning, we can do things differently if we try!”
As intended, the workshop prompted excellent discussions and key recommendations to take forward. The Children & Young People Programme at Healthy London Partnership is currently working on a document that will offer key recommendations for transformation in delivering high-quality accessible care for children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis. The document will be shared across the Collaborative once it has been published.
Thank you to Marguerite Macfarlane, CYP Mental Health Programme Manager, NHSE, for supplying the information for this blog post.