At the Healing Our Broken Village Conference in 2016, David Bradley CEO SWLSTG Mental Health Trust made a number of pledges that the Trust would work on, alongside WCEN and the BME Mental Health Forum, and report back on at the 9th HOBV Conference on 26th October 2017. One of these pledges was to work more closely with young BME people and their mental health, the starting point of our school’s project.
What we have done
So far we have begun conversations across a wide variety of organisations that work with young people and mental health, including SWLSTG Mental Health Trust, CAMHS, the Council, Schools, youth clubs, Fostering agencies amongst others. A number of these groups have formed a steering group with the aim of holding a School’s Conference bringing together stakeholders and young people to talk about the current state of mental health services for young BME people, and solutions going forward.
We have been meeting with young people from Carney’s and Elays Network to explore how young people view mental health services available to them and how accessible they find them. We are also planning meetings at Regenerate and others.
What we will do next
We will continue to meet with the young people, youth groups, school’s and public agencies to plan the School’s Conference that we are looking to hold early 2018. If you would like more information or would like to get involved in this project then please contact Anita Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org