Reassured. I feel really reassured.
There is a crisis building in the lives of children and young people, so much so that their well being and mental health is challenged every day. Being different, feeling anxious, caring for parents or siblings, becoming teenagers and young adults, being bullied, coping with social media. These are all pressures, many of which are very public, some are very private. These pressures can be made worse by deprivation, lack of opportunity and crises – like bereavements or divorce.
We are a young city, we need to plan to support our young people, nurture them so that they may meet their potential – luckily the commissioners (Sasha & Maariya) and service providers are doing just that.
We had a further presentation today of what is planned to be on offer to our young people, there have been great strides made to bring together, education and statutory services and the voluntary sector to provide pathways and safety nets, real, physical and electronic.
(See the official minutes for full details of all the services)
The increase of help at schools with Mental Health School Champions and Health Buddies is a great initiative, especially for young people who are awaiting formal help through Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with Primary MH workers and School Nurses.
We have questioned and made suggestions, been listened to and our thoughts included and acted upon. The plans look good, we need to hear from young people about how well this is working. I feel reassured.
Co-vice Chair PB
Personal reflection written by People’s Board member Mohammed Mahboob
The peoples board meetings are rarely dull, and Aprils meeting was anything but that. Passionate, ideas, concerned and full of alternative perspectives are some of the words that I would use to describe the meeting.
Healthy discussions took place on a number of areas including the CCG communications plan, presentations and linking in with the patients network steering group, activities around the Peoples Board development day and the annual report. This included a passionate debate on defining the Peoples Board and discussions around our ongoing role. Read More
Meeting summary and personal reflection by People’s Board member Rosema.
Our meeting on the 21st march brought up the difficult question around end of life care, ‘What does end of life care look like to you?’
This is a topic that many of us don’t really like to talk about and why would we. But, it is something that resonates with us all in different ways.
As the meeting progressed and the topic of talking to the public about end of life care was raised. A number of different discussion topics were raised:
– Do people think ahead and what do they think of?
– Why are people not thinking about death or making plans?
– What prevents people from talking on it?
– Holistic support
– Understanding a range of different experiences
Written by Emma Stafford, People’s Board Chair
Have you seen the campaign all about looking out for our neighbours? If not, I’d recommend a nosey on https://ourneighbours.org.uk/ or have a look at the hashtag #ourneighbours on social media.
It’s a community campaign that’s been spearheaded by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership who would like us all to share a simple message… There’s so many little ways that could make a really big difference to your neighbours life. And let’s not forget, enhance yours too!
The above photograph of the People’s Board was taken at our recent development day. A good opportunity to show our support to the campaign and a much needed excuse to have an updated group shot! Read More
The People’s Board presented at Bradford Patient Network meetings on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April 2019. Designed to give an overview of recent activity including our work on carers support service engagement and end of life care and changes to the People’s Board and our expansion into Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.
Presentation put together by myself (Emma Stafford) and wonderfully presented by Sam Samociuk (Wed) and Mike Frazer (Thu).
We hope to have a longer slot at the next Patient Network meeting where we can discuss one of these topics in further detail with you.