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Young Grenfell community speak out about mental health

Published on: Tuesday 9 October 2018

Young people from the Grenfell community have decided to speak out about mental health and how they were affected by the Grenfell tragedy in support of World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10 October.

Every year World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and the work being done to support those that need it. The focus this year is on young people and mental health at a time of life when many changes are occurring such as new schools, exam stress, moving from home and generally finding their place in the world. This transition was made even more difficult for children who experienced the Grenfell tragedy. Since the disaster, young people in the community have been active in sharing their experiences and have been encouraging others to talk about mental health.

Riana, 17, who lives in the local area said: “Lots of my friends and peers have been affected by what happened at the Grenfell Tower. It’s really important that we are aware of the mental health issues that may be affecting us. It is also important for us to come together and speak about mental health in a way that is empowering and positive for us.”

The NHS has been active within the community since the devastation of Grenfell and has been treating people for issues related to mental health and trauma. Young people are often less likely to access services that are available to them or ask for help due to the stigma related with mental health, resulting in them dismissing their feelings.

Mona Hayat, Director of North Kensington Recovery, NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s essential that young people who have been affected by the Grenfell tragedy recognise the signs of poor mental health and feel safe and comfortable to open up. By giving young people in the community a platform to share their thoughts and experiences we can ensure their voice is heard and that other young people know that it’s okay, not to feel okay, because there are people here to speak with and who will understand.”

Short videos of the young people from Grenfell talking about mental health can be found here. You can also join the conversation about mental health online, search #worldmentalhealthday and #OKnottofeelOK on social media.

The NHS is dedicated to helping the community recover - if you or a loved one need support please visit www.grenfellwellbeing.com or www.oknottofeelok.org or please call 0800 0234 650.

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Notes to editors

1. World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018) is hosted by the World Health Organisation. This year the focus is on young people and mental health in a changing world. More information can be found here.

For further information, please contact Hari Rai, Communications Manager, hari.rai@nhs.net or Ayesha Baker, Communications Manager, ayesha.baker@nhs.net.


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Local health services welcome funding commitment

Published on: Tuesday 9 October 2018

Local health services welcome funding commitment

Local health services have welcomed todays funding commitment made by NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens for those affected by the Grenfell tragedy and allow us to build on the work that had already taken place.

The announcement will provide reassurance to local residents that the NHS will be here long term to provide physical and mental health services and will also be able to put in place a screening service for Grenfell community.

Mona Hayat, Director of North Kensington Recovery, West London CCG and Robyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust said, “This is really good news and underlies our commitment to listening and working with the community to develop services that meet their needs. This is something many have wanted to see; a coordinated service for mental and physical health concerns, and now, with the communities support, we will be as Simon Stevens said, imminently introducing a new screening service.”

Over the next few weeks and months we will be working with people from Grenfell Tower and the local community to develop the new service.

Click here to see the full Simon Stevens announcement.


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Creating Stronger Communities: Community Conversations and website

Published on: Friday 5 October 2018

Kensington and Chelsea Council has launched a series of community conversations, workshops, drop-in sessions as well as a new website - strongercommunities.rbkc.gov.uk – to ask local residents, community organisations and businesses in North Kensington what matters most to them.

Find out more and how you can get involved.


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Grenfell - support at the Inquiry updated leaflet

Published on: Friday 5 October 2018

There is an updated leaflet for anyone attending or affected by the Grenfell Inquiry witness sessions.

Download the leaflet.


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