Welcome to We Can Talk

Co-produced children and young people’s mental health training, advice and resources for hospital staff

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Like all our training and resources, this learning tool has been co-designed with and is co-delivered by young advisors, young people aged 18-25 with experience of presenting to hospital in a mental health crisis.

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We Can Talk is using co-production to change the future for young people who attend hospital due to their mental health and the staff who support them.

Hospital staff working in acute care settings consistently report a lack of confidence and competency in caring for children with mental health needs and research shows too many young people have negative experiences of presenting to hospital due to their mental health.

We Can Talk co-produced (with hospital staff, young people and mental health experts) a competency framework in children and young people’s mental health and developed, piloted and evaluated a co-designed (and co-delivered) one-day Training linked to the competencies to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of any member of staff who sees children and young people in their role (clinical and non-clinical).

We Can Talk is working with over 50 hospitals to train more than four thousand staff and establish a sustainable model for local delivery. Find out more about the organisations who are already part of our Family and learn more about our plans to change the future by downloading the Powerpoint or Slidepack (PDF) presentation and sharing within your organisation.

For further impact, analysis and evaluation please download our pilot project report from our work with Barts Health NHS Trust, which was nominated for a Nursing Times Award, documented in a short film and recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as an area of outstanding practice. We Can Talk was also a finalist in three categories at the 2020 Nursing Times Awards.

We Can Talk is led by Healthy Teen Minds with support from the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC). Meet the Team.



For more information please use the contact form or e-mail info@wecantalk.online

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