The experience and passion of two Fixers was praised by NHS staff this week.
A handful of key decision makers gathered at NHS England headquarters in London to listen to the lived experiences of young people with anxiety.
The event was attended by Fixers Louise Bown and Demi-Leigh Freeman and was part of the launch of the charity's anxiety report, which gives 15 recommendations for policy makers, professionals and health practitioners in the anxiety field.
Emma Corker, project manager in Children and Young People’s Mental Health at NHS England, attended the event and said to the young women: ‘This is a fantastic report and I hope it will inform me in my work.
'You have so much experience and passion and that is what the NHS needs. You can be the change to help others.’
Louise and Demi kicked off proceedings on Thursday by speaking about their Fixers projects and the Feel Happy With Anxiety Fix event which took place in November.
They explained the findings of this event had been gathered together in a report, Fixing My Anxiety, which is a ground breaking contribution to the mental health debate.
One of the key health recommendations in the report was a smoother transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult support.
Katherine Pugh, programme lead for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, recognised the suggestion and said: ‘We have been shrieking about this for 10 years, this is such an important transition.
‘One of the things we are looking at doing is having a 0-25 service to try to incorporate this period.’
Discussions also focused on parenting classes and encouraging employers to support positive parenting; support when waiting for referrals and more treatment choices.
Demi-Leigh said: ‘I am hopeful to see a change and that something will come of this.’
Hazel Guha, a member of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health team, added: ‘This is a really interesting report and nice to see something that has been put together by young people.This is something really practical, with real people rather than someone in an office.’
Read more about the Fixing Anxiety event by visiting the dedicated microsite here.
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