The South Eastern Heallth and Social Care Trust want to hear from you if you are:
* A service user
*A child of a parent with a mental health issue
* A carer or friend
*A health and social care employee
The ‘Think Child, Think Parent, Think Family’ is a project which aims to improve how services are delivered to parents with a mental health issue and their children.
In order to improve how services are delivered a survey, designed with service users and health and social care staff, has been developed to capture your experiences and views of children’s services and mental health services. The aim of the survey is to improve services for parents with mental health issues, their children, carers and families.
Your views are critical to making sure that the improvements we make to services are those which matter most. We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey which can be accessed at http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/thinkfamily/ . Click ‘Think Family Survey’ and follow the instructions.
Fionnuala McAndrew, Director of Social Care & Children regional chair of ‘Think Family’ project, explained,
“The idea behind the project is to look at the broad range of issues affecting parents with mental health issues, to help them secure the services they need to continue to care for their children and to maintain the family environment.
“The ‘Think Family’ approach aims to improve collaborative working across the various agencies who provide support to families living with mental health issues. We want to identify the range of services available, working together to best support families.”
Central to the success of the ‘Think Family’ project is a major survey of services users and staff who provide those services. This will give people the opportunity, not only to comment on services, but also to contribute to how future services will be shaped. The project will bring together the range of services available and will ensure that these are accessible to those who need them.
Hearing the voice of the service user and the staff who provide services is essential to the success of the ‘Think Child, Think Parent, Think family’ project. The staff and family experience survey will provide a valuable insight into the views of service users and staff on what needs to change to improve planning and delivery of services.”
The project is supported by the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety, Public Health Agency, Health & Social Care Board, and delivered through project locality teams in each of the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.