A Wellbeing Passport has been launched by Lancashire Mind, allowing young people to easily share their mental health history in an emergency.
The passport has been launched across Lancashire and South Cumbria by Lancashire Mind, supporting the work of Healthy Young Minds Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Families and supporters expressed that it is sometimes difficult for them and their young person to talk about their mental health challenges, particularly in an emergency or a crisis situation.
The Wellbeing Passport, developed through the Avoiding Admissions project funded by the Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group, is a small booklet which holds pieces of information about the young person that they have completed themselves.
The passport enables the young person to share information and details about their mental health challenges in different situations and can act as an important reference point for professionals to understand a young person’s situation.
Holly Mannion, Community Development Lead at Lancashire Mind, said: “The Wellbeing Passport and card have been developed for any young person who feels they have mental health challenges and they need to share this information with key people who need to know.
“It doesn’t matter if a young person is not working with any mental health services, or if they don’t have a diagnosed mental health condition – if the young person and their supporters feel the Wellbeing Passport and card will help them, they can use it.”
The Wellbeing Passport was created by and for young people and their supporters as part of the transformation of children and young people’s mental health services.
Lancashire Mind has worked closely with Healthy Young Minds, local CCG’s, young people, parents, carers and practitioners from a range of services, to gather opinions, suggestions and feedback on the use of a health passport for mental health and emotional wellbeing for young people.
Holly added: “It can be difficult to explain and express out loud to someone you may have never met before what your situation and experience actually is. In times of crisis or distress, you may also forget vital pieces of information that could be crucial. The passport allows the young person to share the information when needed.
“It could provide important details for the young person’s teachers at school, to their GP, to any other services supporting them such as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), or if they need to visit the accident and emergency department at hospital.”
As well as copies of the resource being available to young people via CAMHS or through their school, young people can also download their own copy from a dedicated website https://wellbeingpassport.org.uk/ which can be edited and securely saved on most devices.