Enabling young people and their supporters to share their story.
The Wellbeing Passport Story
What is it?
The Wellbeing Passport and card are tools for young people and their supporters to help them to share information about their mental health and emotional wellbeing. It is something that can be used in many situations and settings, where it is important for young people to feel confident to tell their story. The Wellbeing Passport is a small booklet with different pages that hold different pieces of information about the young person. The card is smaller and can hold one or 2 pieces of important information, that can be shown to someone in an emergency. A young person can fill in their own Wellbeing Passport and card with guidance from their supporters if they need it. There is also a downloadable guidance document which provides examples of the kinds of information that can be added in each section.
Where did it come from?
The Wellbeing Passport and card were created by, and for, young people and their supporters in Lancashire and south Cumbria, as part of the transformation of children and young people’s mental health services. Lancashire Mind has worked closely with local CCG’s, young people, parents, carers and practitioners from a range of services, to gather opinions, suggestions and feedback on the use of a health passport for mental health and emotional wellbeing for young people. All of the feedback, on elements such as the size, colour and information to be included, was then implemented in the design of the Wellbeing Passport and card.
Who is it for?
The Wellbeing Passport and card are for any young person who feels they have mental health challenges. It doesn’t matter if a young person is not working with any mental health services, or if they don’t have a diagnosed mental health condition – if the young person and their supporters feel the Wellbeing Passport and card will help them, they can use it.
How will it help?
Families and supporters expressed that it is sometimes difficult for them and their young person to talk about their mental health challenges, particularly in an emergency or a crisis situation. The Wellbeing Passport and card supports a young person to share information and details about their mental health challenges in different situations. This means that if they feel unable to talk about it out loud, or if they forget vital pieces of information, they can show their passport instead. It could provide important details to the young person’s teachers at school, to their GP, to any other services supporting them such as CAMHS, or if they need to visit the accident and emergency department at hospital.
Download your very own passport here!
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A passport is a great idea because it means you’re not having to keep repeating your story to loads of different professionals, sometimes that can be triggering.
It can take a while for us to access a young person’s mental health records, so having something like this to hand would help us have important details quickly.
Mental Health Nurse
A&E at Royal Preston Hospital
I can’t remember everything like medication and appointment dates, especially if my son is in crisis. Having this would really help, all the information in one place.
Parent in Preston
I like that it has a space for the young person to either write about themselves or draw pictures. They can be creative with it and make it their own.
Grandparent in Skelmersdale
The 5 Steps To Improve Your Wellbeing
Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you everyday.
Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Stop, pause, or take a moment to look around you. What can you see, feel, smell or even taste? Look for beautiful, new, unusual or extraordinary things in your everyday life and think about how that makes you feel.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility, fix a bike, learn to play an instruement or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.