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Weekly Edition - Published  31 January 2016

 

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Local mental health organisations team up for moving educational video

2 of Wirral's largest mental health support organisations, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and The Open Door Centre, have launched:- "The Big Life Film" project; a short video raising awareness and challenging stigma around the emotional difficulties faced by many young people.

The video; created collaboratively with a group of young people in Wirral currently receiving support from mental health services; offers an experience based insight into the common issues affecting the emotional wellbeing of young people in the local community and beyond. It also provides information about the different options available to those who are struggling to cope with mental health challenges.

Alastair Pipkin, assistant psychologist in CWP's Wirral Early Intervention Team, said:- "The film represents a normalising view of the human condition incorporating a psychological approach with the 1st hand experiences of young people. It is part of our ongoing efforts to destigmatise mental health by challenging the longstanding sense that experiencing difficulties is unusual or something to be ashamed of and we are very proud to have been led by the young people who participated in the project."

The film is part of an ongoing awareness programme currently being delivered by CWP's Early Intervention Team in local schools across the Wirral. The programme is designed to educate school aged young people incorporating a peer-led approach.

Valerie Oldham, assistant head teacher at Woodchurch High School; 1 of the Wirral schools that CWP delivers its mental health awareness programme said:- "I really liked the film and thought it was very powerful. It gives pupils the opportunity to listen to some 1st hand experiences around a number of issues. I thought it gives lots of advice, emphasised the importance of talking to people and reinforced that there is support available."

The Big Life Film is available to see on CWP's Early Intervention website.

 

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