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January 2022 Bulletin

This month’s edition includes:

1.   HLP CYPMH Programme: New staff announcement
2.   Mental Health in schools Celebration Event March 2022
3.   VCSE Eating Disorder Guidelines
4.   Great Mental Health Day in London 28th January 2022
5.   Place2Be: Children’s Mental Health Week
6.   Listening Project: Call to Speak to Young People from Black and Asian Backgrounds
7.   Westminster City Council: Building Relationships for Stronger Families Programme

HLP CYPMH Programme: New Staff Announcement

Heathy London Partnership’s CYP Mental Health programme has some great news, we recently welcomed a new member of staff to the team Sheena Gohal who has joined as the clinical lead for the programme.

Sheena will be working with HLP part-time and brings expertise from her role as Associate Director within Oxleas CAMHS. We are very happy to have her on board and look forward to working with her over the coming months.

Mental Health in Schools Celebration Event March 2022

Healthy London Partnership will be hosting an event on 24 March 2022 from 9:30am – 1:00pm.

This event will be an opportunity to celebrate, share knowledge and experiences, and reflect on all the amazing work going on to support mental health in schools in London. It will also explore next steps and innovative ways to support young people with their mental health in education settings in the future. This event is open to all and we are encouraging colleagues to circulate the invitation as widely as possible.

Objectives of the event:
  • Celebrate what has been achieved through the Mental Health in Schools programme in London, locally and regionally.
  • Share learning and positive practice for ongoing development and improvement.
  • Reflect on the past few years and look ahead to the future.

We are mindful that you may not be able to join the live event but please do register your details and will share a recording and other resources from the day with you.

Please register for the event here.

If you have any queries or would like to be involved in some way, please contact:

    New VCSE Eating Disorder Guidelines

    Healthy London Partnership in partnership with Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity has launched new eating disorder guidelines for voluntary and community sector professionals.

    The guidelines share advice about spotting the signs of eating disorders and when to refer children and young people to the community eating disorders service for specialist support. They have been endorsed by Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be, “Voluntary and community organisations provide vital support, services, and projects for young people. Healthy London Partnership have developed a new easy to use guideline to support voluntary sector professionals to spot the early signs of eating disorders. These guidelines will help your staff know what to do if they are worried about a young person. Eating disorders are complex with many underlying causes and it’s crucial to recognise the symptoms early.”

    Our updated guidelines also provide information on free additional support for parents and carers. Beat in partnership with London’s 3 Children and Young People’s Mental Health Inpatient Provider Collaboratives and Healthy London Partnership is offering Nexus, a telephone support service for parents caring for a loved one who has an eating disorder and Solace, an online peer support group where parents can find support and empathy from people who truly understand what they’re experiencing.

    Andrew Radford, Chief Executive of Beat, said: “
    We know that caring for a loved one with an eating disorder can be an isolating experience, that’s why we are pleased to offer our free programmes Nexus and Solace. To make a referral call Beat’s Supportline – 0808 801 0356. Parents and carers can also access these services through their GP or by calling the CarEd Supportline directly.”

    Download the VCSE guideline here.

    Our education and primary care guidelines can also be accessed

    Great Mental Health Day in London 28 January 2022
    On Friday, 28 January 2022, we are joining other Londoners in celebrating London’s Great Mental Health Day.

    The aim of the day is to get us talking about mental health, destigmatise asking for help and to make you aware of the great support available to you.

    You can also get involved using the hashtag #GreatMentalHealth to share your own tips, advice and experience across all social media platforms. As part of this, we’d love to see a short clip of you answering one of the following:

    • What do you do to improve your own mental health?
    • What makes you feel connected to others?
    • What do you do to support others in your community?

    You can post it online using #GreatMentalHealth or tagging @ThriveLDN. Use the hashtag to find out what other Londoners are doing to improve their mental health.

    For more information about Great Mental Health Day, visit Thrive LDN’s website.

    Place2Be: Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 ‘Growing Together’
    Don’t forget that Children’s Mental Health Week 2022 is taking place from 7-13 February and this year’s theme is Growing Together encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow.

    Place2Be has developed free resources that can be used to take part in the week. All the ideas can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning.
    Listening Project: Call to Speak to Young People from Black and Asian Backgrounds
    Call to Speak to Young People from Black and Asian Backgrounds
    Healthy London Partnership is working with Black Thrive, Partnership for Young London and Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing, and Hounslow Mind to listen to the voices of Black and Asian young people in London.

    A crucial step of understanding the challenges faced by young people from Black and Asian backgrounds is understand their lived experience and the issues they face when accessing mental health support in London. This will support to shape the transformational actions to improve mental health service provision in London going forward for these groups. The aim is to speak to as many different intersects of young people from Black and Asian communities as possible.

    If you have forums, groups or know of any young people who would be interested in this project, please do get in touch with  

    Please share the flyer below with your networks.
    Westminster City Council: Building Relationships for Stronger Families Programme

    Programme Overview for Practitioners
    The building relationships for stronger families programme offers interventions for parents who are experiencing distress in their relationships with their partners or ex-partner. Interventions are delivered by relationship experts Tavistock Relationships along with local sub-contractors. Westminster Councils is acting at the Referral Gateway for all areas taking part in the Programme and all enquiries and referrals should be directed to the Gateway.

    Support is available via four parenting programmes; two for separated parents and two for parents who are together. They are delivered online and can be arranged flexibly around work/care commitments. Any practitioners who work with parents can refer and parents can also self-refer. Please note that the interventions address parental conflict and are not suitable for anyone currently experiencing domestic violence or abuse.

    Please see the brief practitioner overview for more details on family eligibility and how you can refer. You can also watch this animation video which explains the programme here.

    If you have any queries, please contact the Referral Gateway here:
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