Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) is encouraging people throughout the area to consider the importance of mental health in support of this year’s World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10th October)
The trust is particularly focussing on young people’s mental health as this year’s the theme is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.
According to mental health charity Young Minds, one in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder – roughly three children in every classroom.
In addition, one in 12 young people self-harm at some point in their lives, with girls statistically more likely to self-harm than boys.
CWP provides a range of health services throughout the region, including community and inpatient mental health services for children and young people.
Details of these services – including referral criteria and contact details – can be found at www.cwp.nhs.uk.
The trust also offers a selection of self-help tools and activities for young people, their carers and families on its award winning child and adolescent mental health website www.mymind.org.uk.
Resources include: mindfulness techniques, better sleep support and goal setting advice.
CWP chief executive, Sheena Cumiskey said: “We feel it is hugely important for people living with a mental health condition, and their families, to know that support is available.
“We also feel that is our obligation to do everything we can to promote efforts aiming to reduce the stigma around mental health.”