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Publication date:- 2017-14-10

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Wirral NHS team launches online toolkit to transform mental health education

AN innovative online toolkit to transform the way Schools deliver mental health education is being launched during a special event at Wallasey Town Hall. Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's (CWP) Wirral Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is collaborating with Schools from across the region to deliver the Peer Educator project, which trains young people to deliver mental health education to fellow students.

The Health Foundation has now commissioned Wirral CAMHS to co-design an online toolkit, which will be used as a national blueprint to enable Schools in other areas to set up their own Peer Educator projects. The toolkit was launched at Wallasey Town Hall, on World Mental Health Day,10 October 2017, with professionals from CWP demonstrating the success of a 3 year pilot project.

Peer led psychological education is education delivered by people of a similar age or background and has been found to improve mental health, resilience and social relationships whilst also decreasing Hospital admissions.

The Peer Educator project involves the recruitment of 2 students from each School who are trained to deliver a lesson on mental health and provide Mental Health 1st Aid. A Peer Education Pathway is also developed to ensure students who are in need of assistance can access appropriate support. 17 Schools have already participated in the Peer Educator project with an estimated 1,500 young people receiving a lesson on mental health from a fellow student.

The Wirral CAMHS team will be sharing their insights with educators and mental health professionals through the online toolkit, which can be accessed at CWP's award winning CAMHS website from around the country and are hopeful that the project will alter the way mental health education is delivered.

Dr Fiona Pender, CWP Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Director, said:- "We know that peer led education in Schools is an effective way to tackle the stigma associated with mental health, yet our project remains the only one of its kind in the country. Our aim is to share the blueprint of our successful pilot project on a national scale so that peer education can spread to other Schools across the country. I'd like to thank all of the Schools who have participated in this project already and encourage any other Wirral based educators who are interested in getting involved in future to contact our team at Wirral CAMHS."

Any Wirral Based mental health professionals or educators who are interested in the Peer Educator project can contact the Wirral CAMHS team on:- 0151 488 7474 or send then an email.


Councils seeks new relationship with residents to improve household waste collections

WIRRAL Council is updating its approach to how residents' household waste is collected in an effort to ensure more people receive the best possible service. The Domestic Refuse Collection policy was due a revamp as it had been in place for a number of years and not been adapted to reflect changes, both in people's individual circumstances and the Council's own priorities. So while the fundamental principles and practices remain, the updated policy seeks to address some of the underlying issues that have been preventing some residents from getting the most out of the domestic waste collection service.

Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet member for Environment, says:- "The updated policy will reflect our new relationship with residents, with the emphasis on providing people with clearer information to help them make an informed personal choice about what to do with their waste in order to best protect and maintain the local environment. This is about helping residents get the best out of the provision we all pay for. It's time we made our refuse collection service smarter, more efficient and easier to use. People tell me they want to recycle, but do not feel empowered to do, with confusion over what can and cannot go in their grey bin. I want to address that."

Changing the plan is principally about supporting residents to improve their access to the domestic refuse collection service and ensure that their waste is currently being managed and collected in the most effective way for them.

More use will be made of 'waste audits' (face to face discussions with residents in their homes) to assess whether their requirements are being met. It might be they need additional bins, or that additional bins they already have are no longer required.

Or they may just need advice on which bin is appropriate for the kind of waste they have so they can achieve a better balance between what goes in the grey recycling bin and what goes in the green, non recyclable waste bin.

In addition to more waste audits, from early next year the Council will be also be trialling a number of other ways to communicate directly with residents, including text prompts reminding residents to put their bins out the evening before regular, fortnightly collections.

Cllr Brightmore added:- ''We are determined to make getting hold of information about refuse collection service as easy as possible and we are happy to provide the support residents require to make the service accessible. Our amended plan covers every aspect of the domestic waste collection service, it is not just about what goes in what bin and what day they will be collected. By improving the way we interact with residents, we might identify ways in which the Council can help people in other ways that they may not be aware of, such as with assisted collections, the ERIC bulk waste collection service or repairing a damaged bin. As part of pulling this together, we have researched the approaches and policies adopted by other local authorities to identify where we can follow best practice and improve the service for our residents. The updated document fits well with the conclusions of the recently completed strategic review of the City Region's waste management arrangements and in particular the recommendation to standardise service provision policies across the region."

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