Your voice matters – that’s why we’re developing a programme so that children, young people and their families can all have their say when it comes to the mental health system
Over the next 4 years, we’ll be working alongside NHS England to:
- Empower young people, parents and carers
- Support young people and their families to be better informed about mental health
- Increase the participation of young people and their families – at individual, organisational, local and national levels.
When young people and their families actively participate in their care, it’s been shown to:
- Develop skills, self-esteem and authority over their own decisions
- Increase their engagement to achieve better health outcomes
- Empower them to take care of their mental health and seek help early
Participation in mental health means young people engaging in decisions and action about their own mental health, about the services they access and about the issues and organisations that impact their mental health at a local and national level.
Through participation, young people can bring about change in their own lives, in the support that they access and in culture right across young people’s mental health services.
Who we're working with
Amplified is commissioned and funded by NHS England’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme. Amplified is a project involving:
- North East London Commissioning Support Unit
- NHS England
- Young people
- Young people – join our Young Voices Amplified network and have your say on the future of mental health services in the UK.
- Parents and carers – join our Parents Voices Amplified network and become part of our community of activists helping to amplify parents’ voices when it comes to mental health policy.
- Professionals – join the Digital Participation Network and share best practices and access support and resources on participation.
Through our Amplified programme, we’ll be developing online and offline resources to help services and organisations to make sure the voices of children, young people and parents are being heard throughout the mental health system.
Amplified masterclasses are a series of workshops co-facilitated with young people, parents and carers, focusing on specific elements of participation within children and young people’s mental health services.
Every year Amplified selects and supports twelve Trailblazers to develop participation in their organisation.