Model: improve mental health support for our children and young people
Published: November 2017
The Expert Working Group developed a new model which places the young person at the centre. The model is based on ‘I statements’ supported by enablers. The model highlights what good, holistic support for mental health and wellbeing looks like from the perspective of the young person, and what needs to be in place to make it happen.
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Child or young person:
- I am supported in a kind, caring, compassionate and non-judgemental way
- I am seen as an expert on myself. I do not have to tell my story over and over again
- My achievements are celebrated.
- I statement: I am supported to build and maintain relationships that are important to me.
- Guidance with building healthy relationships
- Education about using social media and digital technology safely.
Community of support
- I statement: I know who is supporting me, and they have a good understanding of the issues I face
- Accountable professionals who ensure continuity and stability of support
- Well trained staff throughout the care system
- Communication and information sharing.
- I statement: I live in a safe and supportive environment that provides me with the stability I need to develop and flourish.
- Suitable and stable accommodation
- Access to support and training for caregivers
- Recognition of expertise by experience
- Access to support that meets individual mental health needs and preferences
- I statement: I have access to physical and mental health services when and where I need them.
- Information and advice about services to meet different needs and preferences
- Access to help to support mental health and emotional wellbeing
- Support to develop self-care strategies.
- I statement: I have access to an education system that recognises and responds to my needs.
- Access to education and learning
- Access to education that meets my abilities
- Teachers who are aware of my circumstances and understand my needs
- I statement: I am encouraged to build emotional strength and self-esteem through developing interests and hobbies.
- Opportunities to find friends with shared interests
- Access to resources to follow my interests.