Young minds do matter in North East Lincolnshire

Children and young people in North East Lincolnshire will benefit from a new service supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The new service, called Young Minds Matter, has been commissioned by North East Lincolnshire Council and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) has been reappointed to deliver the service following a competitive process.

Young Minds Matter will provide a proactive approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. The service has been improved based on feedback from service users, their parents, carers and professionals who said that more help is needed early to support young people’s wellbeing and prevent them from developing serious problems in adult life.

Local children and young people were involved in the naming of the new service and Young Minds Matter was chosen as a result of a competition won by a student from Phoenix Park Academy in Grimsby. She was presented with her certificate of recognition and an award by Councillor Ron Shepherd, Mayor of North East Lincolnshire.

Competition Winner meets the Mayor of N E Lincs

Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “Emotional and mental health and wellbeing is incredibly important for everyone, but especially for children and young people.

“About 1 in 10 children are affected by a mental health problem, and these can have a wide variety of triggers – from significant change such as the loss of a loved one, through to grief, bullying and stress.

“To help get young people through these challenges, we need to have support mechanisms in place, and this service will seek to fulfil this role.”

Roni Swift, Divisional Manager for Specialist Services at LPFT said that early intervention is key to developing young people’s resilience to be able to cope with whatever life throws at them in the future. “The new service will help to address young people’s emotional wellbeing concerns and offer early help as well as support for those suffering from complex or long-term mental health problems.

“We recognise that mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people is a growing concern for staff in educational settings so we will offer training and advice to schools and other professionals which will prepare them better for supporting the resilience of the young people they work with.

“LPFT has been providing award-winning mental health services for children and young people in North East Lincolnshire since 2009 and the quality of support we offer has been rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are delighted to continue working together with the commissioners to make a difference for the local community.”