Local NHS trust supports World Mental Health Day with live Twitter Q&A

A local NHS trust is marking World Mental Health Day by hosting a live question and answer (Q&A) session on Twitter with a young people’s mental health expert.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year and this year’s theme will focus on young people and mental health in a changing world.

From 3.30-4.30pm on Wednesday 10th October, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting the live Q&A with Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Sandeep Ranote.

The Q&A will give young people, their families and members of the public a chance to put their mental health related questions to Dr Ranote for her expert advice.

You you can get involved by tweeting @NWBoroughsNHS and using the hashtag #AskSandeepWMHD.

The Trust has also held a series of workshops with young people to discuss today’s society and the impact it has on their mental health, as well as things that would make it better for them in the future. To wrap up the workshops, the Trust has taken the young people’s views and turned them into a short animation.

The animation highlights the importance of mental health in young people and also includes some of the local events that will be happening across the Trust this World Mental Health Day.

Dr Ranote, who is also Medical Director at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said “Young people spend a lot of their time using the internet and on their mobile phones, making them vulnerable to cyber bullying. There is also a lot of pressure on young people, and they are at an age when the first signs of serious mental health problems can occur, so it’s really important we raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people this World Mental Health Day.”

“If you feel you aren’t coping with the ups and downs of life, it may be that you need some support to help you manage them better. Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – also known as CAMHS – support children and young people up to age 18 with their emotional and mental health and wellbeing.”

You can find out more about your local CAMHS service and how to access help by visiting: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/child-adolescent-mental-health-services

You can keep up-to-date with activity throughout the week by following the Trust on Twitter @NWBoroughsNHS and join in the conversation by using the hashtag #WMHD2018

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