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June 2021 Bulletin

This month’s edition includes:

1.    New members of the HLP CYPMH team
2.    HLP CYPMH Suicide Prevention Webinar
3.    MHST site selection process
4.    The Good Thinking guide to mental health apps - free webinar
5.    Bereavement app on Good Thinking
6.    Faith and Communities launch on Good Thinking
7.    Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) audit
8.    Mental Health Society Watch 2021
9.    Looked After Children Infographics
10.  HFEH Mind ‘The World I want to See’
11.  Psychological First Aid training
12. Traumatic Bereavement new resources
13. National CYPMH Crisis Survey findings report

The HLP CYPMH Team are celebrating the one-year anniversary of this Bulletin! Thank you to our readers and we will continue to bring you important CYP mental health updates for London.

HLP CYPMH Programme:
new staff announcement

Healthy London Partnership’s CYP Mental Health programme has some great news. We have recently welcomed three new team members

Claire Dimond has joined as Clinical Advisor for CYP MH Programme. Claire is also the Associate Clinical Director in CAMHS at SWLSG.

Jennifer Taylor has joined as a Project Manager for our Eating Disorders, Looked After Children/Care Leaver and 0-25 workstreams.

Fatheha Kadir has joined as a Business Support Officer covering both CYPMH and Good Thinking programmes.

We are very happy to have them on board!

HLP CYPMH shared learning event: Suicide Prevention

The Healthy London Partnership hosted a webinar on Suicide Prevention which took place on 12 May 2021. It was attended by over 100 delegates from a wide range of agencies. It was held to share positive practice amongst colleagues and look at offers available for children and young people in relation to suicide prevention.

Ian Lewis, Local Authority Advisor, HLP CYP MH programme (chaired the webinar) .
‘I was really impressed by the amazing work taking place in London and other Regions to learn from experience in preventing the loss of children and young people to suicide. London’s aim is to be a zero-suicide city. Young people need to know that there is support available to them in times of crisis. I would urge everyone working with children and young people to take the Zero Suicide Alliance training module, which is available here.

JonJo Hurley, Suicide Prevention Lead, Thrive LDN
‘The suicide prevention event provided a really insightful setting to share and learn some of the excellent suicide prevention work currently taking place. It offered further insight into certain areas of work that will benefit our planning and strategy for future work.’

Our speakers presented on:

  • PAPYRUS and HOPELINEUK: Learning from and adapting to the Impact of Covid on CYP by Priya Nagda-Swainson, Community Development Officer for London, PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide

  • Thrive LDN Suicide Prevention by Jonjo Hurley, Suicide Prevention Lead, Thrive London

  • Benefits of ‘Real Time Learning’ CYP Lancashire & South Cumbria Mental Health & Schools Critical Incident Learning by Neil Smith, Senior Advisor NWL Clinical Network & Russel Clarke, Deputy Head Teacher Haslingdon High School

  • South East Suicide Prevention & Postvention ‘Listening with care to the voices of children our system hadn’t previously heard’ Andrea King, Assistant Director of Programmes, CYPMH NHSE South East Region

Mental Health in School Teams (MHSTs): site selection

The Mental Health in Schools programme is moving forward successfully. The MHSTs have continued to deliver services to young people throughout the pandemic, working in different ways to support the mental health of young people and families.

HLP have also produced a positive practice report which draws together learning from MHSTs’ collective experience, in particular examples of innovation and best practice gained during the periods of lockdown associated with Covid-19, as well as challenges.

The report can be found here:

In March 2021, the HLP CYP MH programme worked with NHS England/Improvement (London region) and Department for Education along with system partners to broadly agree the MHST Multi-Year Regional Site Selection Plan for the next few years. The process involved a steering group meeting which was held on 31 March 2021 with a range of stakeholders from education, public health, and the voluntary and charity sector.

The NHS England/Improvement national team assured the plans for the London region and gave feedback in May 2021. The ICS wave allocations for waves 5 & 6 have been shared with MHST leads in London and colleagues have begun project planning.
The current timetable to establish MHSTs is that there should be 20-25% coverage in London by 2023/24.

The Good Thinking guide to mental health apps - free webinar

Wednesday 16 June 2021, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
London's digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking, and the Foundation for Positive Mental Health are holding a webinar on Feeling Good, an NHS digital accredited relaxation app, that applies Olympic sports coaching techniques to improve sleep, resilience, and wellbeing through reducing stress, anxiety and depression.

Bereavement App on Good Thinking
Good Thinking has recently launched a new bereavement app for children aged 12+. It is called Apart of Me and is aimed at young people who have lost a loved one and need support. It has been downloaded more than 80,000 times since its creation. 

The app transports users to an island where they are given a guide to support their journey. As they move through the game, they learn about grief and how to understand and accept all the emotions that will arise during this time. They can also hear other people’s stories and the space generally provides a space to feel safe and calm.

The Apart of Me app can be downloaded from the Good Thinking website using the following link:
Faith and Communities Launch on Good Thinking
Exciting News! The Faith and Belief communities’ section on Good Thinking launched on 10th May 2021.

This webpage aims to provide support for mental health and wellbeing of Londoners, which reflects how they live and what their values are.

Good Thinking have been working with a diverse range of faith and belief communities across London to provide tailored wellbeing content. Currently there is content for the Muslim and the Humanist communities. More resources will be added over the coming months for the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Rastafari, Jewish and Sikh communities. Watch this space!

Resources include guides, videos, podcasts. The guides are and will be available in several languages.

The Faith and Belief communities webpage can be found here:

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Audit
The National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) and the NHS England CYPMH Programme (National) have been working in collaboration to develop a bespoke survey to understand the service offer for all young people with first episode or emerging psychosis. Earlier this year the survey was tested, and the final survey will be distributed at the beginning of May followed by 6 weeks of data submission and collection. Analysis of the responses will take place during the summer with the aim of publishing a national finding report in August.

CYP MH and specialist under 18s EIP services in London are invited to register HERE to take part in the survey. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code here:

Further information can also be found on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform and read the flyer HERE
Looked After Children infographics 
The London Children in Care Council is sponsored by ALDCS (Association for London Directors of Children’s Services) who work to:

  To improve the care experience for looked-after children & young people and care leavers across London;
• To improve opportunities to identify common themes and issues across London;
• To enable opportunities to influence policy and services affecting looked after children & young people and care leavers in London;
• To improve young people’s skills and confidence through participation.

They have produced these fantastic infographics which are filled with young people’s views on the current pandemic and how it is impacting their mental health and wellbeing. It includes their thoughts on housing, employment, mental health, and wellbeing, what support they need, dealing with exam stress, being a care leaver and more.

The infographics can be downloaded here:

HFEH Mind – ‘The World I Want to See’
Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow Mind have been working on a project called ‘The World I want to see’ with campaigner Cephas Williams.
‘The World I want to see’ is a collection of letters from, and portraits of Black boys in London published one year on from the murder of George Floyd.

Inspired by ‘Letter to Zion’; ‘The World I Want to See’ was designed to put the pen in the hands of Black boys through a series of workshops co-facilitated by Cephas, practitioners, and clinicians within the team at HFEH Mind.

Next steps include HFEH Mind youth services developing a toolkit in consultation with the black boys who took part in the workshop and a youth participation group. The toolkit will aim to better equip schools in addressing racism and support those affected.

If any teams, partners, and funders would like to work with HFEH Mind on this, or contribute to the development of the toolkit, please visit the link below or get in touch with Nana Owusu:
For more information please visit:

PHE Psychological First Aid Kit – online training
Public Health England (PHE) are offering training on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. So far, 70.493 have enrolled on to this course!

The course is FREE with no previous qualifications required to enrol. You can do it in your own time, takes around 3 hours to complete and is split into three sessions.
Undertaking this training will equip you to better identify those children who are in distress and provide support to help them feel safe and connected.

This course is available for all frontline workers (teachers, health and social workers, community volunteers) and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people up to age 25, including parents and caregivers.
Click here to sign up for this brilliant opportunity:
New UKTC Traumatic Bereavement Resources
The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) have produced a free portfolio of resources which are focused on traumatic bereavement in children and young people. This was created in response to the pandemic and is hoped to improve the support children and young people receive following traumatic bereavement.
These resources are for NHS mental health services, bereavement services, school/college staff, and any other services who work with children and young people.
It includes:

  • Clinical resources: featuring an extensive practice guide and supporting videos to assist those working therapeutically with traumatically bereaved children and young people.

    Mental Health Society Watch 2021  
    NatCen are Britain’s largest social research agency, who work to find out what people think about important social issues. They recently undertook some research specifically on mental health in the UK.

    The report is called ‘Mental Health – Should we be worried?’ and was published in April 2021. It focuses on the public’s mental health and how it is affecting their lives. It looks deeper into children and young people’s mental health preceding the pandemic, drawing on key data sources from surveys and studies in England and Scotland.

    The report also provides new research and analysis by NatCen on the impacts of the pandemic on the public’s financial and mental health.
    The full report can be downloaded here.

    You can also watch the report launch (webinar) on YouTube here
    National CYPMH Crisis Survey Findings Report 2019/20
    Urgent and Emergency Mental Health Care and Intensive Home Treatment for Children and Young People

    This report by NHSE/I summarises the findings from the 2019/20 national survey of children and young people’s urgent and emergency mental health services. The results of the survey help us to monitor progress towards NHSE/I’s Long Term Plan commitment for CYP crisis and intensive home treatment service development.

    The report includes data on CCG areas who had:

    • services offering support, advice and triage by telephone or face to face contact as part of their CYP crisis offer.
    • offered children and young people mental health crisis assessments in their local emergency departments or community settings.
    • offered follow-on brief responses in addition to their dedicated crisis assessments in their emergency department, community settings or both.
    • reported Intensive home treatment as part of their CYP crisis offer.
    It also explains to what extent has the CYPMH and IHT workforce has increased from 2017/18 to 2019/20.

    The National CYPMH Crisis Survey findings report can be found here:

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