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Young adults and children encouraged to “speak up and help shape their mental health services”

Young people and children who are interested in community mental health services in Birmingham are being encouraged to attend a free event to have their say on improving services.

The 'have your say - young people’s event’ includes a range of activities involving sport, arts and crafts, music, drama and poetry. It has been organised to help stimulate conversation with young people to capture their views and suggestions on what future services should be.

The day has been organised as part of a consultation which will inform a change in the way community mental health services for children and young adults aged up to 25 will be delivered in the future.

Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Birmingham CrossCity CCG, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Birmingham City Council are all working in partnership to redesign services.

The aim is to commission an outcomes-based service that provides targeted and specialist community mental health services for children and young adults up to 25 years of age.

Dr Diane Reeves, Chief Accountable Officer for Birmingham South Central CCG, said: “This is a real opportunity for young people and children who have experience of mental health issues, or who are just interested in them, to speak up and shape their mental health services for the future. We want to make sure services are better and are delivered in the right way.

“In the past we have been told that some services can be fragmented, difficult to access and confusing. Therefore, it’s vital that we gather the views and suggestions from children and young adults themselves.”

The event will take place on Saturday 29 March in Digbeth at Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE. Sessions will run from 12.00-2.30pm and 2.30-5.00pm. Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome on the day, but if you wish to register in advance go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/have-your-say-on-mental-health-services-for-children-and-young-adults-tickets-10832348847

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Notes to editors

The outline plans for Mental Health Services are in line with the 'No Health without Mental Health’ Government strategy of 2011 and http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/Parity%20of%20esteem%20sum.pdf

Many mental health problems start early in life. Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14, and three-quarters by their mid-20s. Source: 'Closing the Gap’ document published by the Department of Health and launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP in January 2014.

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