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Your voice in local health and social care

Healthwatch targets young people’s mental health





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Healthwatch targets young people’s mental health

2-5pm at Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) conference room, 9-31 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1BW

Healthwatch Southend is to hold its third public event on Tuesday 25 March 2014 for anyone with an interest in children’s and young people’s mental health to find out about current and future services, and have their voices heard by key decision makers in health and social care.

Following the success of its dementia and Asperger events, Healthwatch Southend hopes improvements to local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) will create a similar buzz and get interested people along in numbers. These public events are intended as opportunities for people to come together, share thoughts and ideas, hear direct from commissioners and providers of services, ask questions and have their views heard.

Jonathan Keay, Healthwatch manager said: “I’ve been overwhelmed so far by people’s interest in our events and the willingness of those responsible for local health and social care services to be involved. This time it’s the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our children we’re talking about; what could be more important than that?”

A report on the Healthwatch Southend Asperger event will be published this week. If you would like to see the report and receive regular information about the work of your local Healthwatch, you can become a Healthwatch Southend supporter by calling 01702 220104 or by emailing info@healthwatchsouthend.co.uk.

A report on Healthwatch Southend’s earlier dementia event in January is available now by visiting www.healthwatchsouthend.co.uk or by contacting the team on the details above.   



Notes to editors

About Healthwatch Southend

Healthwatch Southend is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care in Southend on Sea. The organisation will help to shape and improve local health and social care in our community. Healthwatch Southend is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping local services. 

Healthwatch Southend is part of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS). SAVS is delivering the service in collaboration with Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and the advocacy organisation BATIAS.

About Healthwatch England

Healthwatch England is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care in England. The organisation has independent statutory powers, as stated in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to ensure the consumers’ voice is heard and best practice is delivered in health and social care nationally. Healthwatch is also focused on providing leadership, guidance and support to the development of the Healthwatch network.

For more information contact:

Jonathan Keay
Healthwatch Southend manager
Tel: 01702 220104
Email: jkeay@healthwatchsouthend.co.uk




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