The youth pathway programme has delivered the Youthspace website as a primary point of access, which has garnered 30,000 hits over the past year. 24 young people took part in the development of smart phone apps to help people manage mental health conditions, and there has also been evaluation and further development of a range of e-learning tools to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues affecting young people and service mapping to improve the quality of signposting to appropriate support. Young people and WMAHSN partners now have a better understanding of what works and how to involve young people in the co-design and co-production of digital support tools.
Planned outcomes include:
- Developing a range of online and digital tools and resources to support those working with young people and young people themselves to better understand mental health and manage their own conditions
- Understanding of the required youth mental health pathway.
- Development of the Youthspace website as a primary point of access for people interested in, or concerned about mental health
- Evaluation and further development of a range of e-learning tools to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues. affecting young people
- The development of smart phone apps to help people manage mental health conditions.
- Service mapping to improve the quality of signposting to appropriate support
- A dissemination report to spread findings across the region
- Expansion of the existing digital services for young people: 2,400 to 2,900 monthly hits on the youthspace.me website, approximately 30,000 hits over last 11 months
- Social media interest – one of the educational films created by the Youth Board has had approximately 112k views. Approximately 25-30k of those hits are over the past 11 months
- Young people participating in app development: eight Youth Board members (16-25 years) and 16 young people (10-15 years) advising on design content and utility
- Young people, NHS, academic and industry partners have a better understanding of what works, and how to involve young people in the co-design and co-production of digital support tools: Survey 1: ‘Mental Health Pathways of Young People in Birmingham and Solihull’ – 30 different organisations completed in region. All organisations also agreed to pilot the e-learning modules; Survey 2: ‘Have your say on services for children and young adults’ – 132 responses; schools’ mental health ‘transition’ focus groups interviews: 78 young people involved/completed interviews and 20 teachers involved/completed interviews; follow-up in-depth qualitative interviews with senior service staff from West Midlands organisations – 20 interviews completed/analysed
- Mapping and Identification of gaps in existing services as a baseline for providers to make improvements in provision. This also doubles as a template for other areas to use for service mapping and gap analysis
- one service user participation group (Youth Board), one academic organisation, one mental health trust, one industry organisation, one higher education institution and one regional partner organisation were involved in project delivery
- The programme completed in March 2015.
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