Helping students put their best foot forward

To encourage young students to consider pursuing a career in the NHS, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust attended a recent careers fair held for year 7 pupils at The Dormston School in Dudley.

Dr Amitav Narula, Consultant Psychiatrist, and Julie Morgan, People Development Officer, from the Trust met with pupils to promote the vast array of careers that are available in the NHS, from administration and HR to IT and security. Many of the students were unaware that there was such a variety of roles available. As well as this, long-lasting connections were made with the school to work more closely in developing an interest in NHS careers.

Although the event was useful to promote NHS careers, it also provided an opportunity to start conversations about mental health. In 2016, it was found that more than half of young people are too embarrassed to talk about their mental health (MQ Mental Health, 2016). Refreshingly, some of the students felt comfortable enough to talk about their own experiences.

This is just one example of the outreach work that the Trust does with young people to encourage them to talk more about their mental health and wellbeing.

Further plans are being made to for the Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to be more involved in promoting mental health amongst students and younger people more frequently.

Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, said, “As a Trust, we’re always keen to help the younger generation get into the right career path for them, but helping them to talk about mental health is important in reducing the stigma that still surrounds it. We’re hoping to continue working closely with schools in Dudley and Walsall to promote careers in the NHS, but also to spread the word about positive mental health and wellbeing.

Thank you to all of our staff and local schools for their dedication, commitment and enthusiasm towards helping young people find their feet.”