Teenagers in Oldham are helping to shape the future of a mental health service with a new user forum.
Young people who currently, or have previously, received support from Healthy Young Minds Oldham have created a user participation group to ensure the views of service users are taken into consideration.
The forum is made up of six young people aged 13 to 18 years who meet once a month to discuss how to improve the Healthy Young Minds service which is run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
It is hoped that the group will influence the future development of young people’s services in the borough.
They have already led the way on re-decorating the waiting room to make it young person friendly.
The forum is led by Tracey McElroy, Senior Mental Health Practitioner with Healthy Young Minds Oldham.
She said: “The young people involved in the forum have been fantastic at helping transform our waiting room and have already raised important issues and shared ideas on how they would like the service to develop in the future.
“We are committed to empowering young people to have a voice in how their services are run and to make positive changes based on their suggestions.”
More information about Healthy Young Minds and top tips for improving emotional and mental health for young people and those that work with them can be found at www.healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk