Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity launched their campaign Fight For All The Feels in response to the mental health challenges faced by young people in the city, which have only grown due to the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
NHS Charites Together funds kickstarted the campaign and are being used to support an innovative programme for children and young people with mental illnesses in Birmingham. Sadly, with the pandemic having had such a negative impact on the mental health of children and young people across the UK this is needed more than ever.
The project focuses on support provided by Peer Support Workers, who will be aged between 16 and 24 years old and who come from the same communities and backgrounds as the people they will support. Crucially all have lived experiences of mental illness, which will help them to support others with their medical recovery, as well as assist them with their own.
Alex Borg, Director of Mental Health Services at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The initial funding will help us to start the programme, but our ambition is to increase capacity to help more young people across our city. We’re incredibly grateful to NHS Charities Together and the public for helping to fund our new Peer Support Worker programme. We are focused, more than ever, on providing long-term support through this new model, to deal with the lasting effects of Covid-19 on youth mental health.”