In 2009 MindWise carried out consultation to develop its strategy for young people’s services. On the back of this funding was secured from BBC Children in Need for three years for a Challenge Youth Manager.

Mirjam Bader started in this post in June 2010 and has now developed an action plan for the next three years which will aim to meet the needs of young people aged 13 to 25 who require support because of mental health problems.

MindWise’s Young People’s action plan for the next three years has three aims.

AIM 1:


Young people experiencing mental health problems, their parents/carers and organisations working with or for young people.


  • Improving the accessibility and delivery of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS);
  • Improving the services delivery to young people who are moving to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) or who have finished their treatment with either CAMHS or AMHS.


By enabling young people who have either accessed CAMHS, or who need(ed) CAMHS but for some reason did or could not access it, to provide feedback using Facebook, consultation events and questionnaires. Feedback by parents/carers and relevant youth organisations will also be sought using e-mails, questionnaires and meetings.

Followed by:
This feedback will be collected and presented on a quarterly basis to the Northern Ireland Bamford CAMHS Review Group which is responsible for improving CAMHS services.

MindWise will then work in partnership with the relevant government agencies to try and implement the ideas for improvements both coming from the feedback collected and those previously identified by government in the so-called Bamford Review.

AIM 2:


  • Young people who are currently receiving support for their mental health problems from CAMHS at their local Health & Social Care Trust, who are due to move to AMHS or finish their treatment;
  • Young people who have received support from MindWise’s Appropriate Adult Services after they were arrested and who have been identified as potentially having mental health problems or a personality disorder.


By providing support to these individual young people to assist them in understanding how CAMHS , AMHS, Juvenile/Criminal Justice works, help them to express their wishes and needs to professionals, remind them of appointments, deal with any questions they might have and signpost them to any other sources of support they might want to access.


By fundraising with independent fund-making trust and foundation as well as government agencies to employ advocacy workers to support individual young people.

Followed by:
The set-up and delivery of young people advocacy services by October 2011 if funding is secured.



  • Organisations in the community/voluntary sector (like for example local youth groups, organisations working with young people in care, who are disabled, who currently are not in school, training or a job etc.) who work with or for young people;

  • Professionals working in government agencies, in particular CAMHS and AMHS, with young people experiencing mental health problems.


By improving how quickly young people who experience mental health problems and need support are picked up by these different organisations and either provided with support or signposted to more suitable services.


  • By providing information and training for people working in the community/voluntary sector on recognising mental health problems, talking about this with individual young people and knowing what other support services are available and how help young people to access these;
  • By providing information and training to people working in CAMHS, AMHS or other relevant government services on the reasons why young people might experience mental health problems and what might prevent them seeking help as soon as needed. A particular focus will be on those young people who
  • Are experiencing so-called stressors (for example who care for a sick parent, have witnessed domestic violence, have parents who misuse alcohol & drugs, have experienced or are experiencing abuse, are homeless etc.);
  • Have a minority identity (for example have a minority ethnic background, are gay, lesbian or bisexual or have a learning/physical disability); and/or
  • Have dual needs that is mental health problems and for example have an eating disorder, misuse alcohol & drugs, have been in trouble with the law, have a personality disorder, are on the autistic disorder spectrum etc.

Followed by:
The development and delivery of training programmes, newsletters, signposting tools and briefing papers.

For further information, please feel free to contact Mirjam Bader, Challenge Youth Manager on 90 40 2323 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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