PROFESSIONALS, schools and community organisations gathered together on Friday 18 May for Thurrock’s first Children and Young People’s Mental Health Summit during mental health awareness week.
Hosted by Thurrock Council at the Thurrock Hotel, the Mental Health Summit was an opportunity to bring together eighty five attendees from across the borough to discuss a unified approach to improving mental health for Thurrock’s Children and Young People.
Key partners included, North East London NHS Foundation Trust, Thurrock Council’s Prevention and Support Service, Thurrock Adult Community College, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, Thurrock Mind, Kooth, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service, Wize Up, The Training Effect, South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre, and representatives from more than 20 schools in the borough.
By working together through a series of presentations and workshops, agencies and partners were successfully able to develop a strong partnership with a focus on identifying and resolving mental health issues before treatment is required.
Topics discussed included the positive factors protecting children and young people’s mental health and how risks can be reduced. As well as how access to support can be improved across the many agencies involved and how these teams can further work together for better results in the future.
Cllr James Halden Portfolio Holder for Education and Health said: “Mental illness in young people is often preventable and we are working to make sure young people in Thurrock get the support they need before reaching crisis point.
The summit has allowed us to have a big conversation around developing new ways of supporting children and young people’s mental health in partnership across the borough. Further conversation will be taking place between Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, Schools Forum and Thurrock Council and we hope to announce a new exciting way forward in upcoming weeks. ”