When someone has a mental health problem we understand that their family may also need support. So when we ask what our service users need, we also find out how we can help support the whole family; from children and grandchildren to nieces and nephews and other young people within the family. We also ask them for their views when we are planning care of their parent or family member.
This Whole family approach, developed in partnership with Barnardo's Keeping the Family in Mind collaborative and Action with Young Carers Liverpool, means we ‘think family’ in everything we do, helping children and young people living with a family member with a mental illness to have the most positive experience of childhood possible.
When a young person experiences challenges because of their situation, we work with other agencies, with the child’s school, the family social worker or other organisations already involved with the family.
The 'Think Family' approach has led to the development of 16 award winning family visiting rooms at all our inpatient units. The rooms allow children, young people and their families to visit their parent or family member in a comfortable and private environment, away from the ward. Each room is like a small sitting room, designed for and by young people, with toys and playthings to provide the feel of a homely environment. Family rooms must reach a suitable standard; this is denoted by the ‘Jelly Baby’ logo, designed by young carers Sarah and Rachael, which is the kite mark awarded by the young people.
If you would like to know more about Think Family see the links below or contact:
Ann Hanlon email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Tel: 0151 228 4455.