Roz Mascarenhas from the Youth Participation Team of MK Council invited Citizens:mk’s Mental Health campaign team to lead a Mental Health workshop at the MySayMK Conference for pupils from local secondary schools. The conference was held at MK Christian Centre in Oldbrook (pictured).
The workshop was facilitated by campaign leader Tess Price and two new team members, Brett Farrier-Smith and Laura Gaskell from the YMCA, along with Community Organiser Tom Bulman. The workshop was delivered twice to a total of about 50 young people aged 11-16.
Through structured conversations (121, small group and whole group), short-listing and a process of voting at the end, the following mental health issues were prioritised for action (in priority order):
- Teacher Support and Awareness of Mental Health Needs and Issues in School (20 Votes)
- Support at School for Individual Needs (16 Votes)
- Teacher education/training on Mental Health (12 Votes)
- Improving Access to Services and Support for ‘Lower Risk’ Young People who can’t access CAMHS (9 Votes)
- De-stigmatising Mental Health needs, especially taking into account students/young people’s individual backgrounds, cultures and religions (9 Votes)
- Treating everyone the same, in school and outside school, so that young people don’t feel further isolated/stigmatised by their mental health needs/issues (9).
It was agreed that the outcomes would be shared with MK Council and other stakeholders including the Joint Commissioner for the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Director of MK Mental Health Services.