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Views sought on Tier 4 CAMHs Add to Your Support

NHS England want views on the Tier 4 CAMH services that they provide. To do this they have launched a public consultation on five service specifications for CAMHs (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Tier 4 provision as part of their service review programme.

NHS England are asking for views on the following service specifications:

  • Child and Adolescent Medium Secure
  • Child and Adolescent Low Secure
  • Child and Adolescent Forensic Outreach
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU)
  • CAMHS T4 General Adolescent

NHS England have developed their specifications with the support of lead clinicians and patient and public representatives.  In addition to giving your views on these specifications NHS England will be hosting a series of webinars and face to face events in the New Year and they will share the dates and times once they have been confirmed.

The new specifications once finalised will play an important part in work to reconfigure services to ensure improvements in local overall pathway integration, improvements in local access and reductions in travel times and out of area placements.

To find out more and to have your say go to: www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/camhs

The consultation will close on the 28 February 2017.


How to take the stress out of Christmas Add to Your Support

Live It Well have collected some handy hints and tips to help you make the most out of Christmas and for it to be as stress free and happy as possible.

Firstly it is best to prepare. Leaving all your preparations for Christmas until the last minute can cause unnecessary stress, but planning ahead can save you time and money. Making lists for jobs to do, presents to buy and groceries you’ll need helps to organise your thoughts, prevents you forgetting something (or someone) and makes it easier to stick to a budget.
Remember you can even order all the food for Christmas dinner to be delivered as late as 23 December from a number of supermarkets (although these delivery spots need booking many weeks in advance) and some supermarkets offer click and collect services as late as Christmas Eve. If the expense of Christmas is causing you anxiety, you may find this advice from Money Saving Expert useful.

  • Be realistic about what can be achieved and afforded. Don’t aim for perfection and be disappointed.
  • Share the work out. Don’t take on every responsibility, such as shopping, cooking and coordinating engagements just because you always do. Ask someone else to help you out – people are often grateful to be asked.
  • Plan in advance. List making is an age old tactic, but it really works, and don’t leave everything until the last minute.
  • Make sure you get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Both are scientifically proven to improve mental health and wellbeing.
  • Don’t drink to excess. Alcohol can make you act in a way you might regret, and it can also have a depressive affect.
  • Try not to spend too much money. Gifts are not the most important part of Christmas and you may be storing up problems for the future if you get yourself into debt.
  • Help other people. Helping and giving to others will benefit the recipient of the help as well as yourself.
  • Take a break. If the family is getting too much, take a break, a spot of meditation or a walk in fresh air will help. Try to not let tensions mount up.
  • Be sure to check up on family and friends – particularly the elderly and vulnerable. Loneliness can be a particular issue over Christmas, so try and make sure no one spends the whole time without visitors or company.
  • Get enough sleep. A good sleep pattern can help you maintain good mental health and make you feel more alert and able to cope better with stress.
  • Try to spend some time relaxing. Remember to rest, spend some time just ‘being’ and take a break from ‘doing’.

For more advice about managing Christmas go to the Mental Health Foundation’s Christmas and Mental Health Information here: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/christmas-and-mental-health

If you do struggle at Christmas remember that there are free phone lines available to give you support and advice 24 hours a day. The telephone numbers listed are available throughout the Christmas period, please call them if you need extra support.

  • Mental Health Matters: 0800 107 0160 (free from all phones – mobile and landline)
  • Samaritans 116 123 (free from all phones – mobile and landline)
  • Childline: 0800 1111 (free from all phones – mobile and landline)
  • KMPT Single Point of Access 0300 222 0123

Can you help choose a new eating disorder service for Kent? Add to Your Support

Are you a service users or carer who has been affected by eating disorders?  Are you interested in helping to choose the new provider of eating disorder services for the residents of Kent and Medway?  Representatives are being sought for a specialist eating disorder service user and carer panel.  It is hoped that the panel will consist of a small representative group that takes into account parent, carer and patient views and the full age range for a new all age eating disorder service for Kent and Medway.

If you would like to express an interest in volunteering to be an evaluator for the new Kent and Medway eating disorder service the procurement team want to hear from you.

To be able to support this evaluation you should be able to commit to at least one virtual or face-to-face training session and your availability for the bid evaluation dates.

If a face-to-face training session is organised reasonable travel costs will be repaid.

Evaluation dates are in the early part of next year, between 17 and 27 January and it will be possible to contribute to the evaluation by e-mail or telephone.

If you are interested in helping to choose the new eating disorder service for Kent and Medway please contact the emails below with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age and gender
  • Where you usually live
  • Any experience of eating disorder services that you have had
  • If you are a patient, parent or carer
  • If you belong to or have worked or volunteered for any organisations or charities that support people with eating disorders or their parents and carers
  • If there are any days, dates or longer periods of time when you will not be available

If there is more than the required number of people to join any group, an interview and selection process may be required.

If you would like to volunteer or require more information before you get involved please email: antoniaknifton@nhs.net and joscelinyates@nhs.net .

All applicants are welcome but currently there is no representation from the North Kent or Medway areas.  In addition representation is encouraged from boys and men who have been affected by eating disorders.

World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 Add to Your Support

World AIDS Day 2016 is being held on 1 December. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action There is also an online quiz: Are you HIV aware? where you can test your knowledge and awareness and them you can raise awareness of HIV and AIDS by passing the quiz on and sharing it with your friends and networks on Twitter and Facebook.

If you understand how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today – you can use this knowledge to take care of your own health and the health of others, and ensure you treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding.

You can also show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon the international symbol of HIV awareness and support and share your stories and support using the hashtag #PutARibbonOnIt


Carers Rights Day 2016 Add to Your Support

It is Carers Rights day on 25 November. A carer is someone of any age who provides unpaid support to family or a friend who could not manage without this help. This could mean caring or someone who is ill, has a physical disability or has mental health needs. Many people do not class themselves as carers: they are mums and dads, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours.

If you are a caring for someone having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference when you are looking after someone. Every year Carers Rights Day highlights the vital work that carers provide in our communities and aims to ensure they know their rights and how to get the help and support they are entitled to. Carers Rights Day 2016 has the theme of ‘Know Your Rights As a Carer‘.

Carers Rights Day aims to make sure carers know of the help and support that is available to them & to raise awareness of the needs of carers.

How can you get involved?

Why not hold an event to support Carers Rights Day? You can raise awareness of the vital support that carers give or hold an information session.  If you sign up Carers Rights Day will send you everything you need to hold an event.

If you are caring for someone Carers UK has some helpful tips and advice to help support you, follow the link to find out more.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2016

Alcohol Awareness Week Add to Your Support

Alcohol Awareness Week is running from 14 – 20 November. Alcohol Awareness Week gives us a time to think about how much we do drink. Most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t alcoholics. They’re simply people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for some years. Regularly drinking more than the recommended daily limits risks damaging your health.

There’s no guaranteed safe level of drinking, but if you drink less than the recommended daily limits, the risks of harming your health are low. In alcohol awareness week why not take time to think about your drinking and take some steps to cut down on your intake.

  • men are not meant to drink more than 3-4 alcohol units a day
  • women should not drink more than 2-3 units.

A lot of people don’t know what units actually mean in terms of what they drink – and therefore don’t know when they’re drinking too much! Why don’t you test how much alcohol you are consuming by using the online ‘Know Your Score’ tool or alternatively you could try using the alcohol demotivator – you may be very surprised at the results!

NHS Choices also have apps and advice to help you cut down on your alcohol intake find out more here: www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/sneaky-drinks.aspx




Anti Bullying Week 2016 Add to Your Support

Anti Bullying Week 2016 is running from the 14  – 18 November. This year’s Anti Bullying Week theme is “Power of Good”.  Anti Bullying week raises awareness of the impact on bullying on children’s lives and Anti Bullying Week is a great opportunity to stop bullying and change lives.

Anti Bullying week aims to:

  • Support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful  and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
  • Help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.
  • Encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their Power for Good – by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.

How can you get involved?


To find out more about Anti Bullying week and how you can make a difference go to the links below:

Movember 2016

Movember 2016 Add to Your Support

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. Movember is asking Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the nation to get involved to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Movember is raising funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer, mental health as well as physical inactivity by encouraging us to MOVE this Movember.

This years Movember campaign theme is Stop Men Dying Too Young.

Movember challenges men to grow a moustache for the 30-days of November,  changing their appearance and the face of men’s health.

How it Works

On the 1st of Movember, men with a clean-shaven face, start their Mo growing journey. Then for the entire month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, effectively become walking, talking billboards for 30 days. Through their growing efforts they raise awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever they go. Movember is raising awareness of:

Here are some ideas to support Movember:

Grow a Mo, Support a Bro: uk.movember.com/get-involved/moustaches

The Move Campaign: uk.movember.com/get-involved/move

If you want to host a Movember event go to: uk.movember.com/get-involved/host

Click on the above links to find out more or go to the Movember website to find out how you can get involved, click here or follow the link: uk.movember.com

Sustainability and Transformation Consultation

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway Add to Your Support

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are working together to plan how they will transform health and social care services to meet the changing needs of local people. It is the first time these organisations have all worked together in this way and it gives them a unique opportunity to bring about positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery over the next five years.

The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are developing a Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that will set out how they think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come. They will only be able to decide on and implement any changes following a period of engagement and consultation – this is just the start of the process.

To find out more, please read the attached covering letter and Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway, which sets out more about what they want to achieve and their areas of focus.

There is a survey for the public – Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan survey.

All the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) websites have a set of frequently asked questions and details of ways that local people can get involved and have their say. Over coming months, the websites will also have information about engagement events and other ways that people can make their voices heard. To find out more go to your local link below:

Kent County Council Social Care Consultation

Have your say on Adult Social Care in Kent Add to Your Support

Kent County Council (KCC) is consulting on a new strategy for adult social care. The strategy explains KCC’s vision for how we want adult social care to be over the next five years. Demand for adult social care is increasing and finances are under pressure. Expectations of adult social care are changing; people want a life, not a service. Adult social care in Kent needs to continue to respond to these challenges, and the new strategy sets out how this will be done.

The strategy breaks down KCC’s approach to adult social care into three themes that cover the whole range of services provided for people with social care and support needs and their carers:

  1. Promoting well-being– supporting and encouraging people to look after their health and well-being to avoid or delay them needing adult social care
  2. Promoting independence– providing short-term support so that people are then able to carry on with their lives as independently as possible
  3. Supporting independence– for people who need ongoing social care support, helping them to live the life they want to live, in their own homes where possible, and do as much for themselves as they can

Have your say

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on the draft strategy all of the paperwork and the draft strategy itself is available here: consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/adultsstrategy.

The consultation is running until 4 November 2016 at 23:59.

Kent County Council will use your feedback to help produce the final version of the strategy by December 2016.


Take Five to Tackle Fraud Add to Your Support

Take Five is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations.

More than 1 million incidents of financial fraud occurred in the first six months of 2016, according to official figures released by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) today (20th September 2016). Representing a 53 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, this means an incident happened in the UK every 15 seconds between January and June 2016.

The campaign – Take Five – aims to put consumers and businesses back in control with straight forward advice to help prevent financial fraud. It focuses on financial frauds directly targeting customers, such as email deception and phone and text-based scams, and is designed to remind people that it pays to stop and think. It will also help protect people from criminals duping them into moving money into bank accounts controlled by the fraudsters.

The Take Five campaign is asking consumers to help protect themselves from financial fraud by remembering some simple advice:

  1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password – it’s never right to reveal these details
  2. Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine – people aren’t always who they say they are
  3. Don’t be rushed – a bank or genuine organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think
  4. Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it
  5. Stay in control – have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information

To find out more about keeping yourself safe and how you can ‘Take Five’ go to:  www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk.

Stoptober-Quit Smoking 2016

Stoptober – Time to quit smoking? Add to Your Support

Each year thousands quit smoking for 28 days with Stoptober starting on 1st October.

By joining in they access a range of free support including email, app and Facebook Messenger – all providing information, advice and daily tips to help them through the month.

Everyone quits together, supported by employers, communities, charities and other partners, as well as encouraging each other via our Facebook page. And by making it to 28 days smokefree, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

So far nearly a million people have signed up.

If you’re thinking about quitting smoking now or want more information about support when you’re ready to quit, there is plenty of advice and expert help available on the Smokefree website.

To sign up to Stoptober follow the link or for other ways of stopping smoking see our information on how to quit smoking and where to get local support go to our Stop Smoking information on Live It Well by following the link.



Adult Autism Strategy Consultation

Consultation on Adult Autism Strategy Add to Your Support

Kent County Council have produced a draft Adult Autism strategy and they want to hear from you. The strategy primarily addresses the needs of adults with autism who do not have a co-occurring learning disability (including people diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome) who live in Kent or are the responsibility of Kent County Council. It mainly focuses on those aged over 18 years but issues relating to young people in transition are also included.

The consultation opened today and is running until the 13 November so have your say go to: kent.gov.uk/autismstrategy 



World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2016 Add to Your Support

October 10 is World Mental Health Day 2016.  World Mental Health Day is a global awareness day to raise awareness of mental health issues.  World Mental Health Day gives us all a great opportunity to get talking about mental health and wellbeing.

There are lots of events happening in Kent to support World Mental Health Day so why not get out, get involved and find out more about mental health and wellbeing and all of the great work happening around the county.
There is also the first Kent Mental Health Festival happening on the 11 October which is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the support for mental Kent Mental Health Festival 2016health and wellbeing and to see what is available, or to come along and get involved in a workshop.  To see more about the Kent Mental Health Festival follow the link here.

On World Mental Health Day 10 October if you cannot come to one of the events happening in Kent why not take the opportunity to think about the small things we can all do to make a difference to someone experiencing a mental health problem – like sending a text to a friend or having a cup of tea and chat.

To find out what is happening to celebrate World Mental Health Day in Kent go to our latest listings here. If you are an organisation who is holding an event and want it added to our list please email: info@liveitwell.org.uk.

Time to Change have some free resources and ideas for how to start a conversation about mental health why not order them: See the Time to Change Resources here.

The Mental Health Foundation is encouraging everyone to have a Tea and Talk for World Mental Health Day and they have free resources if you want to organise your own tea and talk day you can download these through the Mental Health Foundation here.

To find out more about World Mental Health Day 2016 follow the link.

List updated 6 October.

Talk to your Family Time to Change

Talking to your child about Mental Health Add to Your Support

Time to Change are encouraging all families to start talking about Mental Health.  If you haven’t spoken about mental health in your family, you’re not alone. Talking mental health with your son or daughter might feel like a tricky topic. But conversations about it come in many forms, and showing you’d be open to that conversation means they will be more likely to come to you should they experience a mental health problem – directly or through seeing a friend go through it. It’s worth bearing in mind that:

  • Simply showing you would be happy to talk is significant
  • Short, informal chats can make a big difference – whenever and wherever they happen
  • There are lots of places you can find out more about mental health

Remember, not knowing things about mental health is OK. Just being available and open to talk about it will almost always help.

To find out how to start the conversation go to Time to Change at the links below:

or to find out about mental health and young people go to: