Updates from the East Riding CCG
Mental wellbeing website Kooth supports Pride Month
Despite COVID-19 putting a stop to all pride celebration events, throughout June, communities will continue to celebrate Pride Awareness Month 2020, that includes local mental wellbeing support website, Kooth. Kooth, which offers young people (aged 11-25) free, anonymous online mental wellbeing support ,is now highlighting the resources available to support young LGBTQ+ people and their friends and families.
The Kooth website includes articles to support LGBTQ+ young people, offers peer to peer support through discussion boards and forums and has the option to get support from wellbeing practitioners and counsellors through an online chat. With the current difficult circumstances that we are all encountering, Kooth hopes it can be a beacon of light for some of the young people within our communities to reach out to for support.
You can find out more here: https://www.kooth.com/
Updated Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19
The government has recently updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels have decreased over the last few weeks.
People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing.
If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart.
Please click here to read more information on the updated guidance.
KCOM offer support to vulnerable residents
With COVID-19 meaning that we must all communicate and use services differently, such as contacting relatives or even having a virtual GP appointment, KCOM are offering additional support to help keep vulnerable customers connected.
If you need some additional support, you can contact KCOM to explain your situation so that they can offer the most appropriate support.
This might include:
- Arranging a priority engineer visit if there is a problem with their KCOM service
- Arranging a payment plan if someone is in financial difficulty due to the loss of a job or being unable to work
- Making low-cost internet access available so they can Skype their doctor, renew a prescription, apply for Government aid or book an online shopping delivery.
If you need support, you can contact KCOM via: 01482 602168 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more here.
CAMHS Service Refresh – Survey for Professionals
The NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, are responsible for ‘buying’ health services for the people of the East Riding – For more information on the CCG please click here.
In partnership with Hull CCG we are currently refreshing the CAMHS service, looking at ways we can improve the service, whilst making provision equitable across both boundaries.
In the coming weeks we will be looking to talk with children and young people (CYP) about:
- What they think about mental health – is it important to them, do they feel they have good mental health etc?
- What their trusted information sources are, and where they go to get information about mental health?
- How they access that support – online, face to face, telephone etc.
- Their experience of the CAMHS services (if they have any) as well as their perception of the service if they have not used it.
- We also want CYP to have a sense of ownership over the service, so we will also be engaging with them on what the name of the service should be.
How can you help?
We would like to capture your thoughts on what you think are the best ways to engage with CYP, this will help inform our engagement plan, so when we are ready to engage with CYP the ways we do it are meaningful, accessible and appealing. Having the right conversations with the right CYP will really help us shape and develop a service which CYP in our area can easily access and be proud of.
Complete the survey