Connect 5 training provides frontline staff with preventative approach skills

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10 October 2017 – source

Pilot evaluation for new training programme shows positive results for frontline health and care staff

RSPH has announced the results of a national pilot evaluation of the Connect 5 cascade training programme for frontline health and care staff and the wider public health workforce. The evaluation found promising improvements in the knowledge, confidence and skills of participating staff in talking about and supporting individuals with mental wellbeing issues.

The Connect 5 Train the Trainers programme, funded by Health Education England (HEE),  has been delivered across nine English regions over the past 12 months. Using the framework of the Five Ways to Wellbeing  and a cognitive behavioural model, it aims to empower non-specialist health and care staff to have conversations with their patients or clients about mental wellbeing which they may previously have seen as off limits or outside of their remit, despite their profound knock on effects on almost all other areas of health and wellbeing.

While one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, Connect 5 aims to take the strain off under pressure specialist mental health services by taking a preventative approach which enables people to better manage their own mental health, increase their resilience and ultimately improve wellbeing. Where a diagnosable mental health condition is identified, frontline staff will also know when and how to refer on to more specialist support.

Results of the national Connect 5 pilot include:

  • 143 trainers trained across England and from 93 organizations
  • 109 participants trained across 12 cohorts and 18 sessions in total, with participants showing promising improvements in knowledge, confidence and commitment to brief mental wellbeing interventions.
  • An increase in staff knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing; a change in attitudes towards supporting individuals to improve mental health and wellbeing, and an increase of confidence in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
  • A further 17 Connect 5 programmes are planned for delivery to a further 117 participants over the next months. With a national evaluation and monitoring system now having been developed, and additional funding being leveraged by some centres to extend the scheme, Connect 5 has the potential to play an increasingly important role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the nation.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH said: “On World Mental Health Day, we are pleased to announce such promising results from the Connect 5 pilot. If we are to tackle the mental health crisis in this country and truly achieve the ‘parity of esteem’ so frequently espoused by politicians and policy makers alike, it is crucial that we empower the wider public health workforce to have conversations about mental wellbeing as confidently as they would about physical health, and that is fundamentally what Connect 5 aims to do.”

Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England said: “Connect 5 is relevant to a wide range of frontline staff who work with people at risk of poor mental health. It provides participants with skills and competencies that build confidence in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing in their routine practice. It uniquely optimises opportunities for building a culture of self-management, prevention and improved access to psychological approaches for mental health and wellbeing.”

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Sharp rise in A&E attendances by young people with psychiatric conditions

By Neil Puffett  | 25 October 2018  – CYP Now

There has been a steep rise in the number of young people aged 18 or under arriving at accident and emergency (A&E) departments in England with psychiatric conditions, it has emerged.

In response to a parliamentary question from Labour MP Bambos Charalambous, the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that, in 2017/18, there were 27,487 attendances to A&E departments by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition.

This is almost triple the number in 2010/11, when there were 9,372 attendances, and almost double the figure for 2012/13, when there were 13,800 attendances.

Emma Thomas, chief executive of young people’s mental health charity YoungMinds, described the figures as “alarming”.

“One of the main reasons that crisis services are overstretched is that young people who are struggling don’t get help soon enough, which means that problems often escalate,” she said.

“We often hear from young people who’ve gone to hospital because they don’t know where else to turn. The problem is that A&E can be a crowded and stressful environment, and is often not the most appropriate place for children and young people to go in a crisis.

“That’s why the new NHS Long Term Plan must lead to increased funding for children and young people’s mental health services, and also a new approach to crisis care.”

Bambos Charalambous said: “I have spoken to utterly distressed parents during my constituency surgeries, who have been unable to access crisis care for their children. The Secretary of State’s response to me reveals some devastating statistics.

“We have a responsibility to not only provide decent care in times of crisis, but to support our younger generation before they reach crisis point. I hope the government and the NHS take stock and provide the desperately needed funding for children and young people’s mental health services.”

In a separate survey published by YoungMinds today, based on responses from 1,531 parents whose children have experienced a mental health crisis, 61 per cent of parents described the care that their child received in a crisis as “bad” or “unacceptable”.

Meanwhile, 75 per cent agreed that “it would have been helpful for my child to have a safe place to go to while they were in crisis within our local community”.

And 86 per cent agreed that “it would have been helpful for my child to have access to support before they reached crisis point.”

YoungMinds is calling for more safe places where children and young people can go in a crisis, such as safe havens in the community, so that they are no longer forced to rely on accident and emergency.

For those that do arrive in hospital emergency departments, the charity is calling for dedicated mental health liaison and referral support, so that young people don’t end up in a cycle of returning to hospital in a crisis.

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Seeking help – how to prepare

 

Starting to reach out for help around mental health problems may seem difficult. Ideally anyone mental health problem who visits their GP practice will get the support that best suits their needs.

Your GP is there to help mental health as well as physical health. Around one third of all GP appointments are related to mental health.

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Under 18 female self harm hospital admissions continue to rise

” The number of admissions to hospital of girls under the age of 18 in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Parents and schools are urged to become more aware and seek early advice and interventions.
  • Self harm is not attention seeking
  • Enquire or book a place or your organisation on a MHFA course to become more confident in recognising the early signs and following the appropriate steps to support
  • Enquire or book 1-1 session work to help the young person with underlying causes
  • Follow safeguarding policy
  • Do not hesitate to call emergency services if needed

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The Guardian reports that figures provided in response to a written question in the House of Lords, answered by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health Lord O’Shaughnessy, show that

” The number of admissions to hospital of girls under the age of 18 in England after self-harming has nearly doubled compared with 20 years ago.

NHS Digital hospital admission figures:

13,463 females under the age of 18 in 2016/17 against 7,327 in 1997/98

2,332 males under the age of 18 in 2016/17 against 2,236 in 1997/98

Source: Guardian Date: 06 August 2018

Further information: UK Parliament: self-harm: children: written question – HL9500

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Self-esteem in the age of social-media

Posted by / Wednesday 25 July 2018  – Action for Children

One of the main priorities as a parent is your child’s happiness and well-being. If your child or young adult owns a smartphone or tablet, chances are they have at least one social media account.

There are many great things that come with people using social media, such as being able to keep up with friends and family, discovering new places or interests and documenting important events or times in your life.

While it feels great to share your life and get a positive response, sometimes negative responses pop up such as feeling jealous when comparing yourself to others.

Starting the conversation

Self-esteem is defined as confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; and self-respect. It is easy to fall victim to self-esteem issues when you see those around you thriving and posting the best version of themselves online. Begin a conversation with your child about whether or not social media has ever made them feel less confident as a person. If your child is feeling media induced self-doubt, here are some conversational topics in order to help them avoid these problems of uncertainty:

·         Ask your child why they enjoy social media.

·         Getting to the bottom of what aspects of media appeals to your kids is a good way to gauge why they follow who they follow and post what they post.

·         Encourage your child to think about whether or not likes on a photo or post is valuable feedback.

As a child or young adult, it can be easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of social media. By encouraging your child to appreciate and absorb the positive reactions they are receiving in ‘real life’, and not just over a screen, you can hope to make them feel more confident about having a social media account and value the authenticity of real life interactions.

·         Give them kind, in person comments about their social media.

Chances are, you follow your kids on their social media platforms. If you see them post a selfie or another personal thing about themselves, give them a call or tell them how you liked their post in person. This will help them see the difference between how it feels to receive a compliment online about their post versus a real and personal, face-to-face compliment someone took the time to say.

 

Things to try:

·         Have a conversation about why some posts could be receiving more likes than others.

If your child is comparing themselves to celebrities or other influences on the internet, it is important to discuss why a celebrity would get more likes or post the content that they do.

·         Discuss the different between jealousy and admiration.

Traces of jealousy are a big factor that comes into play when people are having social media based self-confidence issues.

If you discuss with your child the differences and benefits of admiring someone versus the dangers of jealousy, this could help them see who they follow online more as role models and less as people they are trying to compare themselves to.

Individuality is an important thing for young people on media to be aware of.

 

Openess 

Social media can be a tricky tool for most people at some point, not just young adults and children.

Staying open with your child and using social media as a lesson to help them realise their confidence and individuality as a person is a great way to prepare them for other things that will come up in their lives that might lead to self-doubt.

Everything is good in moderation, and letting your child know that social media is not the only way for them to interact and engage with others positively is important.

Staying open with your children will allow them to see that meaningful conversations do not always have to happen behind a keyboard or computer screen, and that what they have to say is enough for you as a loving parent.

 

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Antidepressant prescription rise for under 12’s – Counting the cost

Child mental health

The BBC reports on the number of antidepressants prescribed to children. Responses to freedom of information requests sent to NHS England, NHS Scotland and the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland show that:

 

Further information: File on 4: counting the cost: anti-depressant use in children is on BBC Radio 4 (broadcast 24 July 2018)

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Young Minds  – Parent’s lounge

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Supporting a mental health problem

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Childline        0800 1111  childline.org.uk
Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK

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The Mix    themix.org.uk
Online guide to life for 16-25 year olds. Straight-talking emotional support is available 24 hours a day. Chat about any issue on our moderated discussion boards and live chat room

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NSPCC  helpline (adults): 0800 800 5000
helpline (children and young people): 0800 1111
help@nspcc.org.uk
nspcc.org.uk
Specialises in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children

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Papyrus  helpline: 0800 068 41 41
papyrus-uk.org
Charity for the prevention of young suicide, offering confidential support and awareness training

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Parenting and Family Support- Family  Helpline: 0808 800 2222
familylives.org.uk
Support to anyone parenting a child

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Samaritans 24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)
jo@samaritans.org 
samaritans.org
Emotional support for anyone feeling down, experiencing distress or struggling to cope

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Youth Access  020 8772 9900
youthaccess.org.uk
Information on youth counselling

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Young Minds    020 7089 5050 (general enquiries)
0808 802 5544 (parents helpline, for any adult with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person)
youngminds.org.uk 
National charity committed to improving the mental health of all babies, children and young people Provides information for both parents and young people

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Tap Your Troubles Away

Can ‘tapping’ unlock the secret to inner harmony? Kathy Walton investigates… 

“It may look strange at first, but it works,” says Christine Moran, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner from Little Chalfont, Bucks.

Emotional Freedom Technique, often called ‘tapping’, is a therapy that uses gentle finger taps on up to 14 points, mainly on the face and hands, to ‘unlock’ what the ancient Chinese called the ‘meridian’ or energy circuits of the body. Once blockages have been removed, past hurts are healed, relationships thrive and people reach their potential both personally and professionally.

Emotional Freedom Techniques can help people overcome a range of emotional problems –such as anxiety, trauma and phobias, as well as weight issues, addictions and painful childhood memories – in just a few sessions.

There are currently an estimated one thousand EFT practitioners in this country, whose work aims to ‘breathe fresh air into the healing process and work where nothing else will,’ and while there are inevitably sceptics in the scientific community, people who’ve been ‘tapped’ can’t speak highly enough of its benefits.

A former psychology tutor, Christine, 50, recalls stumbling across EFT online and feeling she had identified ‘the missing link’ that she had spent years seeking when she was trying to help her students ‘move on’ from whatever was holding them back. “In the course of all my career many people had insight into their emotional problems but they couldn’t shift them,” she says.

Now an advanced practitioner who trains others, Christine works with both adults and children. One of her clients, fifty-one-year-old Yvette Lynch from Hemel Hempstead, was tapped by Christine ten years ago when her night-time anxieties about dying were wrecking her sleep.

“I would leap out of bed for fear that I would die if I didn’t,” Yvette recalls. During tapping, it emerged that her fears were triggered by unresolved grief at the sudden death of her husband, who died at night at home, nine years earlier. After only three sessions, Yvette says her problems disappeared. “I haven’t had an anxiety attack since,” she says. Now, whenever she feels anxious, she taps herself, even in the car.

“Tapping allows you to accept that fears and pain are part of you and that it’s okay to acknowledge them, but by tapping you get rid of them. It is one of those tools that everyone should have in their toolkit,” Yvette says.

EFT practise has some really nice generalisation effects too. ” I had sustained bullying I suffered in my early twenties when I was working abroad. For a long time afterwards, whenever I encountered bullying at work, either passive (a colleague taking credit for my work) or overt (remarks about my appearance), I failed to stand up for myself. Tapping sessions inadvertently helped me to release much of the pent up anger and pain, which gave me the confidence to confront (successfully) a bully in my next job.”

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