Peer Support Workers
Youth mental health illness has been on the rise for years and COVID-19 is beginning to take its toll on children and young people’s lives, with increased rates of anxiety, depression and more serious conditions coming to the fore as a result of the pandemic, the multiple lockdowns and the impact on jobs.
We need to act NOW and that’s why money raised by Fight For All The Feels will launch a new innovative and accessible model of care post-pandemic. It will fund Peer Support Workers who, once established, will be the first of their kind within Children’s and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the UK.
Each of the Peer Support Workers will be aged between 16 and 24-years-old, all with their own lived-experiences of mental illness.
Crucially they will all come from the same communities and backgrounds of the people they will support. Therefore, not only will they be able to help young people with their medical recovery, they will aid them with their personal recovery too.
The Peer Support Workers will act as a direct point of contact for young people from referral, throughout treatment and during the discharge period.
The aim of this innovative new role is to:
- Reduce the number of referrals to the service
- Reduce the number of children and young people presenting in crisis at Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department
- Reduce the number of children and young people requiring in-patient admission
- Speed up discharges
- Lessen the likelihood of re-referrals within six months of discharge
- Reduce the number and likelihood of missed appointments.
Our ambition is to provide long-term support via the Peer Support Workers, and so our next phase of fundraising will focus on increasing the capacity of the team to enable us to reach more children and young people in need.
Will you join us in our fight for youth mental health by donating?