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Rollercoaster roadshow is coming to towns in Cumbria

March 26, 2012

A roadshow designed to find out what young people think about health information for young people to is coming to five towns in Cumbria over the Easter Holidays.

The rollercoaster roadshow will be visiting Cockermouth, Whitehaven, Penrith, Barrow, & Carlisle in April bringing fairground side stalls, mini games and theme park ticket prizes.  It will allow staff from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to ask young people for their views on how a website designed to help them cope with the ups and downs of growing up should be developed. 

The 'life is a rollercoaster' website (www.rollercoaster.nhs.uk) currently includes information on how to cope with issues such as anger, worry, sexual health and drug and alcohol issues.  Now, the Trust is planning to develop the site to include a broader range of health issues faced by younger people including physical health and healthy lifestyle issues.

It has developed a survey to ask young people how they would like to see the site developed and is working with schools and clubs to ensure views are gathered and will also send the survey out to its young members.

Debbie McKenna, clinical lead for school age children at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, "Initially we are looking at adding information about adopting a healthy lifestyle and coping with health conditions such as asthma and diabetes at school.  We will also be adding information about drop in times for school nurses.  We then want to ask young people how they would like to see the site develop - in terms of design, the way that information is presented, even down to if they would like the facility to contact their  school nurse via social media."

The survey can be completed here

The roadshows will be held on the following dates in April.

  • Cockermouth 9th
  • Whitehaven 10th
  • Penrith 11th
  • Barrow 12th
  • Carlisle 13th

 

About Life is a Rollercoaster

Life is a Rollercoaster was developed by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust after they got feedback from young people that there was little accessible information available for 11-16 year olds about mental health and wellbeing in Cumbria.

A group of young people worked with their primary mental health workers to put together a successful bid for the Foundation Trust's Dragon's Den style competition to secure funding for this initiative.

The Partnership worked with members of the Carlisle Young Carers group, the Foundation Trust's Drug, Alcohol and Sexual Health service (DASH) and a number of other youth groups to put together this information. Young people have been involved with the project throughout, from the proposal, to the finished design, and have provided quotes about their personal experiences which are included on the website. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust  would like to say a big thank you to all the young people who helped with this project.

rollercoaster roadshow poster

The roadshows will be held on the following dates in April.

  • Cockermouth 9th
  • Whitehaven 10th
  • Penrith 11th
  • Barrow 12th
  • Carlisle 13th

Find out more about Life is a Rollercoaster here