Young People Find Out About Plans to Improve Mental Health Support

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A café where young people can chat about their mental health and get expert advice could be part of a service shake-up in Wigan Borough.

Health bosses are working on reforms to improve support services having listened to feedback from thousands of teenagers.The proposals would also see better support provided in schools and more information on mental health made available for parents and carers.

More than 2,000 11 to 17 year olds took part in a survey to help inform the plans with an informal community venue and the importance of help in schools, heavily featured in the feedback.

Professionals from local health services and Wigan Council met with young people to update them on the plans at an event organised by Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet last week.

The Mental Health and Me event gave more than 100 young people the chance to hear about what is proposed. The Mental Health and Me event was supported by Danny Sculthorpe, former professional rugby league player and representative from the charity State of Mind Sport.