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Practise Hope – Young People’s Mental Health

Wellsbourne is pleased to be part of a project to improve mental health support for young people in primary care. 

If you are aged between 16 and 25, could you help us by filling out a quick survey? Some questions are about suicide and self harm. If you feel at all distressed by this please contact the surgery on 01273 000544 or Mind on 01273 666950.

To take part please follow this link Practise Hope Project.

What is Practise Hope?

Ann Feloy lost her son Olly to suicide in 2017. Olly lived in Worthing; he died two days before his 23rd birthday. Ann and Olly’s friends and family set up Olly’s Future in loving memory of him to raise awareness of young suicide and ensure primary care practices, like Wellsbourne Healthcare, have the skills, confidence and resources to support children and young people dealing with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Through training and support, the project promotes culture change so that all staff, from receptionists to GPs, feel competent and confident when talking with young people about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Why is it needed?

It is estimated that around one in three young people who die by suicide in England were in contact with primary care services prior to their death but were not receiving specialist mental health support. Supporting practices to strengthen their responsiveness to young people struggling with suicidal thoughts and self harm is therefore a vital component in working to reduce suicides. How are we involving young people and their families? A huge emphasis and effort has been made to involve young people and their families in this project. Our logo (above) was also created by a young person aged 13 in Brighton and Hove. Practise Hope GP Practices will also be encouraged to set up focus groups with children and young people with their parents and carers.