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Health Champion Holly Howard’s Stand Out Speech

On the 29th March Health Champion Holly Howard gave a stand out speech and presentation to the BNNSG i-THRIVE Conference

Holly was invited to demonstrate co-design of CAMHS website by presenting alongside CAMHS manager Pete Spavin.

Though Holly had not presented to an audience like this before she was confident, persuasive and determined to share how important the Young People’s Health Manifesto was for her and other young people.

Holly told the audience of over 150 mental health professionals that as a young person who has used these services for periods of her life she was inspired by the belief that every young person deserved the appropriate care whenever and in whatever form it takes.

Holly reminded her audience of school mental health practitioners, school support staff and school nurses of the importance of respecting young people’s rights and confidentiality.

"Making sure young people understand what confidentiality is, and when it might be broken is essential before young people begin any work with healthcare professionals. When confidentiality must be breached, working with the young person to share the sensitive information helps to save a therapeutic relationship that may otherwise be ruined. When you get it wrong, you lose young people's trust.

I know many young people who have felt betrayed by their health care professionals, and as a result have stopped seeking help which can be detrimental. The damage done can last till adulthood."

The conference organizer said Holly’s speech had been a highlight and many of the attendees fedback to Holly on her confidence and conviction.

Well Done Holly!

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