You are invited to our Parent and Carer focus group
If you have a child who is 18 or under, we would love to hear your views on what an online Parent and Carer mental health service should offer. Come along and join the discussion on Microsoft Teams 10am – 11:30am Wednesday 21st April 2021.
The platform we currently have is called Qwell, but you do not need to have used Qwell before to be able to contribute to this discussion. However if you do wish to take a look ahead of the session, the service can be accessed here: Qwell.
If you need support to access Microsoft Team please email Miriam.firstname.lastname@example.org and see our user guide here.
To book your place email Miriam.Doherty@nhs.net with your name and email address.
Please see flyer attached here for circulation in your parent and carer networks.
Why are we doing this engagement?
Our current digital mental health service for Children and Young People, parents, carers and guardians is Kooth and Qwell. They were commissioned as a proof of concept project and they provide easy to access universal mental health support, including information, blogs and 1 to 1 therapeutic conversations. These contracts were due to finish in March 2021, however, they have been temporarily extended until December 2021 for the engagement and full procurement process to take place.
What is Kooth?
Kooth is a free online Mental Health and wellbeing resource for children and young people aged 11 to 25 in Derby and Derbyshire. No formal referral is needed; anyone in this age group can become a user by setting up an account on the site. Kooth provides easy to access universal mental health support, including information, blogs and 1 to 1 therapeutic conversations.
To take a look or sign up to Kooth please click here: www.kooth.com
The survey for this part of the project has now closed. Please check out the anonymous responses we received by clicking here.
What is Qwell?
Qwell is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for parents and carers of young people who are under the age of 18 requiring no formal referral, but instead only for a user to set up an account on the site. Qwell also provides easy to access universal mental health support, including information, blogs and 1 to 1 therapeutic conversations designed for parents, carers and guardians.
To take a look at the site or sign up to Qwell please click here: www.qwell.com
The survey for this part of the project has now closed. Please check out the anonymous responses we received by clicking here
Back in 2020 MH:2K Citizen Researcher’s aged 14-25 years consulted with their peers and identified the need for Children and Young Peoples mental health services to be accessible to BAME, LGBT and underrepresented groups. This engagement also identified that in Derbyshire there needs to be a more robust offer which can be accessed easily. MH:2K agreed to complete a second engagement exercise specifically relating to the procurement of the Children and Young Peoples mental health digital offer. The full 2020 report can be found in appendix 3.
MH:2K is a powerful model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing in their local area. It empowers 14-25 year olds to:
Identify the mental health issues that they see as most important;
Engage other young people in discussing and exploring these topics;
Work with key local decision-makers and researchers to make recommendations for change.
Its design builds on good engagement practice from within and beyond the youth mental health field. Specifically, MH:2K features:
End-to-end youth leadership: MH:2K’s youth-led approach means it is grounded in the reality of young people’s lives. Young people decide its focus, co-lead its events, and determine its findings and recommendations.
Peer-to-peer engagement: By empowering young people to reach out to their peers, MH:2K creates a safe and engaging space for participants.
Close collaboration with key decision-makers and researchers: By involving key figures in the project from its start, MH:2K builds trust, enthusiasm and commitment for MH:2K, and the implementation of its recommendations. MH:2K’s six-part design is intended to be transferable. It could work in any UK local area.
MH:2K Derby and Derbyshire is delivered by social enterprise Leaders Unlocked, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, and NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG.
MH:2K Report October 2020
We will be posting an engagement report to detail how we have involved the public in this piece of work to date and the collaboration with the MH:2K group who will be actively involved in the re-procurement of this service.
Further information and contact details
The surveys closed on the 17 March 2021, here are the questions asked:
Kooth Survey: Accessing digital mental health support for children and younger people
Qwell Survey: Accessing digital mental health support for parents, carers and gaurdians
Information leaflet 1
Information leaflet 2
If you would still like to contribute your thoughts and experience to this project, please contact us.
Phone or text: 01332 868 730, 07796192825