In January 2020 we joined forces with Blackpool Sixth Form College to engage with young people and help us improve services with this age group in mind.
Through this partnership we launched two new projects aimed at providing a younger person’s voice in a variety of health services and topics.
While allowing the local NHS to better understand the views of young people, these projects are also part of a long-term aim to encourage people to become healthcare professionals on the Fylde Coast.
Designing a mental health campaign
A group of students have been set a six-week task to come up with a mental health campaign aimed at young people (aged 16+).
With a presentation from different mental health services at the start of each session, the group was asked to develop a campaign using any medium they choose to meet one of the following briefs:
- To encourage young people to better understand mental health, reduce stigma and encourage young people to take about and seek help for mental illness.
- To encourage young people to train as mental health practitioners and then work on the Fylde Coast.
- To educate health professionals on the Fylde Coast about the needs of young people accessing mental health services.
In the final session, the groups will be invited to present their ideas to a panel, including what resources or methods would be required to complete it. It is accepted that the final piece of work may need some development but full credit will be given to the young people involved.
Youth Influence Panel
An extension to the long-running Influence Panel, which meets monthly to help shape and review projects commissioned by the CCG, the Youth Influence Panel consists of a group of students keen to make a difference in their local area.
Notes on the Youth Influence Panel meetings can be found here.