We believe young people should have a say in how the services they use to look after and treat their mental health are run. That’s exactly what awareness raising and campaigns group OASIS do.
Whether it’s taking on the stigma attached to mental health, improving signposting to relevant services or making a positive change to services that already exist to help young people, OASIS are up to the challenge! Read the OASIS group's Our Voice Matters Manifesto.
The group meets every Thursday 5pm-7pm at Horizon college and discuss campaign ideas, awareness posters and put together their own Mental Health First Aid Kit.
The group also consulted with Chilypep and participated in he creation of the Open Up Barnsley Directory
21-year-old OASIS group memeber
"I found out about the Oasis group through seeing a flyer at the exchange recovery college in Barnsley. I feel like I am helping change mental health services for the better and I have also been involved in making a film based on consultation findings, that has recommendations for everyone to work towards to create a mental health friendly Barnsley. I have enjoyed meeting new people, as well as being able to come out of my comfort zone. I have also enjoyed coming to the group because it's nice to build confidence and meet new people in similar situations to yourself."
Download materials to make your own Mental Health First Aid Kit
OASIS Campiagns and Updates
The You're Welcome Standards are assessed by young people visiting NHS services themselves and other young people use to make sure that they are as young person friendly as possible and where they can improve.
The NHS Youth forum has produced three short films to advise young people about their healthcare rights. The films are supported by a set of posters. The films and posters are about young people's rights in healthcare; about confidentiality, independence and feedback. To watch the films go to the NHS Youth Forum's Twitter page an/or Facebook page you can share them online using the hashtag #yourhealthinyourhands.