laura@debating-mh.co.uk                                                                            Debating Mental Health 2018

The Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit 2018

We attended the world's first-ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit with ten young people on 9th and 10th October 2018.  The young people we work with led the 'Children, Young People and the Now Generation' workshop; presenting the global best practice case studies through interactive sessions and facilitating discussion to produce our workshop's recommendations to global health ministers.

Royal College of Psychiatrist CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) Conference September 2018

We trained the young people's panel, who debated how to ensure access to CAMHS for those who most need it.

2018 Highlights Report
Annual Report 2016-2017
London and South East Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYPIAPT) Training

The programme was developed as a result of conversations with young people about how mental health services can best gain their feedback.  Currently, within mental health services in the UK, there is a real movement towards involving young people more fully in the delivery of mental health services and engaging them in giving feedback to improve services.  However, there is often little support for young people to develop the skills they feel they need to do this effectively.  Young people felt that they would benefit from learning skills to support: public speaking;  organisation and research.  

Over 60 young people across seven mental health services in London took part in the first phase of the training programme (November 2016-May 2017).  Once they had received the full round of training, young people came together at Facebook’s UKHQ to debate mental health motions that they had voted for.  All young people debated at least once during the day, with the two highest scoring teams taking part in the final, which was won by Merton Hawks.

This was our first piece of work and the starting point for the development of Debating Mental Health as an organisation. It was delivered in collaboration and with the kind support of the English-Speaking Union and the London and South East Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Collaborative.

Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health Annual Conference November 2017

Several alumni from the London and South East CYPIAPT programme spoke on a panel at this conference, where they were asked about their own experiences of mental health systems and what they wanted to see from mental health systems and the people working in them.