Health­watch keeps chil­dren in Mind

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR LETTERS - GRA­HAM

DUR­ING the sum­mer, Health­watch Hilling­don, with Hilling­don Mind, lis­tened to young peo­ple, and fam­i­lies, with ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal health ser­vices in the bor­ough.

This ini­tial re­search, ‘Lis­ten to me!’, can be found on­line.

Health­watch Hilling­don gives lo­cal peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove how their health and so­cial care ser­vices are de­liv­ered, to mon­i­tor lo­cal ser­vices and where nec­es­sary use statu­tory pow­ers to hold ser­vices to ac­count.

To­day, many par­ents and fam­i­lies have chil­dren fac­ing men­tal health prob­lems, but re­quests to see spe­cial­ists in school and else­where are of­ten de­nied, with fam­i­lies fac­ing a closed door to support and ser­vices.

This year, we want to speak to even more lo­cal peo­ple and pro­fes­sion­als about mak­ing it eas­ier to talk openly about prob­lems, and for the widest pos­si­ble early support for young peo­ple who need help.

We want to hear about lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ences and par­tic­u­larly want to hear from young peo­ple and par­ents.

Noth­ing is more ur­gent than ad­dress­ing un­hap­pi­ness in chil­dren and lis­ten­ing to their ideas about how new ser­vices in Hilling­don can be de­vel­oped.

Please drop-in to the Health­watch Shop, in The Pavil­ions shop­ping cen­tre, or tele­phone 01895 272 997.

HAWKES Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Health­watch Hilling­don Che­quers Square

Uxbridge

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