STEP 9

09

Improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

Our plan to address this step:
  • Develop a strategy to ensure a consistency of offer, support and access across the borough from prevention to treatment
  • Mental health and wellbeing in schools: Support mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Newham through whole school approach and early mental health support team
  • Co-produce a model of social prescribing for children and young people as part of Well Newham
Tracking progress:
  • Various indicators including Wellbeing Measurement Framework (WMF) annual survey, estimated prevalence of mental health disorders among 5-17
Who is involved:
  • Newham Council including children’s health service 0-19, HeadStart, Youth Empowerment Service
  • Schools
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector organisations working with children and young people

Can you help?

We rely on the support from organisations and individuals to help us deliver our goals. We are on the look out for more partners who are able to support this step. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more.

Now is the time to act. Together we can make Newham a healthier borough.

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Newham changemaker

Suus-anna and Becky work at HeadStart Newham, a mental health service improving lives for young people and families in Newham.


Suus-anna and Becky work closely with schools, offering coaching and training for the whole school community. The goal is to ensure the school has a system in place for identifying young people who could bene t from additional support to improve their resilience and to develop understanding of the fundamental importance of supporting pupils’ emotional needs alongside academic needs.


“Our young people are facing things we weren’t aware of, things that as adults we are still learning to manage. It is imperative that the role of education is central in supporting and educating children holistically. A system without stigmatising labels and with a full and genuine understanding of the importance of relationships and their impact will have a positive impact on everyone.”

– Suus-anna Harskamp, Primary Resilience Training Lead and Specialist Teacher


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Newham changemaker

Suus-anna and Becky work at HeadStart Newham, a mental health service improving lives for young people and families in Newham.


Suus-anna and Becky work closely with schools, offering coaching and training for the whole school community. The goal is to ensure the school has a system in place for identifying young people who could bene t from additional support to improve their resilience and to develop understanding of the fundamental importance of supporting pupils’ emotional needs alongside academic needs.


“I believe that if all adults working with young people have a good understanding of how to support wellbeing in schools and other settings then this will have a positive impact for young people. If we can support young people in the short term, then in the long term they will become confident and resilient adults.”

– Becky Dawson, Resilience Training Lead and Secondary Specialist


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Newham changemaker

Jon is a Clinical Psychologist working at Newham CAMHS with young people and their families as the service’s Psychological Therapies Lead. He has worked in East London for 20 of his 27 years working in the eld of mental health.

He helps develop and strengthen links between different organisations to help them work together in reaching this goal, learning about what helps young people by encouraging professionals to listen to, and learn from, them and their families so that the help they are offered remains relevant, accessible and effective.


“I am passionate about developing community approaches to helping young people access the support they need if they are experiencing mental health difficulties.”

– Jon Wells, Clinical Psychologist


Contact us

Get in touch to find out how you can support the borough’s drive to be healthier.

We are on the look out for organisations and people in our community who are thinking differently, challenging the norms, trying new things and looking at ways they can help Newham be a healthier borough.

If you think you can help, we’d love to hear from you, email [email protected]

Follow our hashtag for #whatsyourstep