Mental Health Transformation

Improving mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Turning the Tide is the local transformation plan for children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services, in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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At its heart the plan aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all our children and young people, to build their resilience and to ensure that those who experience emotional wellbeing and mental health problems get the right help at the right time.

You can view the infographic created by young people to show the most important changes that will happen in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by 2020.

Find out more about Turning the Tide

Sowenna, meaning welfare and success in Cornish, will be the first ever mental health unit for children and young people in Cornwall.

The new addition to Bodmin Hospital is due to open in May 2019.

View the plans for Sowenna on the animation below then find out more on the Sowenna website.

The Managing Self-harm Guidance and Toolkit for Schools has been put together at the request of teachers, nurses, mental health professionals, doctors and nurses known as Cornwall Multi-agency Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Board following the successful first edition developed in 2017.

The guide recognises the growing number of young people who harm themselves in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and across the country.

Young people living in Great Britain have the highest rate of self-injury in Europe and many school staff struggle to know how to respond to incidents of self-harm. Teachers have described feeling: “fazed, repulsed, bewildered, sorry and mystified”, when faced with people who had harmed themselves.

The guide also supports the local transformation plan for children and young people’s mental health services document which is called Turning the Tide and the really valuable work that is already taking place through the i-Thrive Framework.

The information and suggestions within this guide will support and compliment the self-harm policy your school has or is in the process of developing.

It includes:

  • What is self-harm?
  • Who self-harms and what are the risks?
  • Why young people self-harm
  • How self-harm works
  • Spotting the warning signs
  • Responding to self-harm in schools
  • Assessing risk
  • Confidentiality and information sharing
  • Other factors to consider
  • Roles and responsibilities within schools
  • Guidance for primary schools

Download Managing Self Harm: guidance for schools