World Mental Health Day at King’s Health Partners
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, staff across our partnership have blogged about the various ways they’re providing whole person care to patients.
This year the theme of World Mental Health Day was ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’ and to recognise this we heard from healthcare professionals about the importance of caring for both the mental and physical health needs of young people. Read their blogs:
Dr Stephanie Lamb, GP at the Well Centre and Young People Programme lead for the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP), blogs about the importance of encouraging young people to open up about all aspects of their health during consultations. In her blog, Dr Lamb discusses the Teen Health Talk tool and how it can be used when engaging with young people.
Barney Dunn, Youth Worker at King’s Adolescent Outreach Service (KAOS), blogs about the positive effects of offering holistic support to young people on adult wards at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Barney details the journey of Ciara, a young patient coming to terms with how her physical and mental ill-health are connected.
Dr Sharon Pimenta, Paediatric Consultant at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, blogs about how children’s worries or difficult feelings might present physically, and the importance of considering that parents with mental health needs might find it difficult to engage with professionals and treatment regimes.
Dr Anto Ingrassia, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at CYPHP, blogs about the importance of supporting both the physical and mental health needs of children and young people, including taking the context of their environments into account. The blog details how the CYPHP Health Check is helping to promote a wider focus and understanding of young people’s needs.
Rachel Bowley, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, blogs about how the team is working with Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services (IMPARTS) to look after the mental healthcare of patients undergoing treatment.
Visit King’s Health Partners Mind & Body to find out more about how we’re driving integrated mental and physical healthcare.