North Yorkshire Charity Targets Kids' Mental Health

1:18pm 10th October 2017

Today is World Mental Health Day and a North Yorkshire charity is offering its services to schools in the county.

Compass BUZZ is a new, innovative and free project that aims to improve the mental heath and wellbeing of children and young people aged 5-18 (25 with SEND) in schools across North Yorkshire.

In 2015, NHS England published a report called 'Future in Mind' which set out the national ambition to dramatically improve children and young people's mental health services by 2020. Through Future in Mind funding the new school mental health and wellbeing project, now launched as Compass BUZZ, was commissioned on behalf of five clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) within North Yorkshire.

The aim of the project is to develop a 'whole school approach' with the priority placed on improving the resilience and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.  As a result of the project's wraparound support, school staff will feel empowered to tackle stigma and effectively respond to children and young people's emotional and mental health needs. This will prevent problems escalating through to specialist services and enable them to be happy and healthy young people with brighter futures.

Highly skilled and committed Wellbeing Workers will deliver a free rolling programme of tiered training to local schools and other key professionals, promoting a range of early help and prevention strategies as part of a wider integrated multi-agency approach.

Compass BUZZ will also co-deliver one-to-one sessions and group work to children and young people alongside school staff, using a combination of evidenced-based and solution focussed interventions.

Team Leader Emma Tymon has been talking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..






HAPI Health Questionnaire

To address some of the practical issues raised by the schools and our School Health & Wellbeing team regarding the delivery of the Health Needs Assessments two members of the team recorded a video explaining the HAPI process and answering frequently asked questions. This video is available to the school to show in assemblies, it is embedded in the HAPI questionnaire and is available on both the Warwickshire County Council and the Compass websites.


Breakfast and Activity – Can Children be Encouraged to Enjoy Both?

School Nurses play an important role in promoting healthy lifestyles and are well placed to influence and support positive behaviour change but we know as a small workforce for any enduring improvement a collaborative partnership approach has sustainability. We work closely and effectively with local partners and with them are continually thinking about different ways to engage young people and promote healthy lifestyles. Recently the Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service (SHWBS) took part in an exciting project with local partners to encourage and establish new breakfast and physical activity habits with year 5 pupils.


Breakfast and Activity – Can Children be Encouraged to Enjoy Both? - Maggie Clarke, Carolyn Foreman & Georgia Barrett - Viv Bennett

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

The World Health Organisation European Region has 7.3 million nurses and midwives, who play a vital role in promoting health, preventing illness and providing care to expectant mothers and newborns, and to people in good and ill health across diverse settings.

On the occasions of International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May, the WHO Regional Office for Europe is highlighting these critically important professions by featuring the voices of nurses and midwives from around the Region. They share what it means to be a nurse, midwife, researcher, administrator, educator and/or leader, and how they are committed to delivering the highest quality care.