The Life Rooms are celebrating a win at the National Mental Health Awards 2022 for our Early Years Service, who scooped the top prize for the Children and Young Person’s Service Award.

The Early Years Service is delivered from children’s centres across Liverpool and was formed in partnership with Liverpool City Council’s Public Health Liverpool team. The service aims to support families to take an active role in managing their health and wellbeing, as well as offering support around social issues such as family and caring responsibilities, housing, employment and learning.

Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation, said: ‘’We are delighted by this national recognition for our ground breaking partnership with Liverpool public health.

“Our Early Years Team have been working closely with children’s centre staff across the city to proactively support the mental health of the families and communities we serve. This is a great testament to collaborative working across systems’’.

The Early Years Service also provide learning sessions for children’s centre staff in understanding various mental health conditions and how this can impact families, and to help increase their confidence in having supportive conversations around mental health and wellbeing.

The Life Rooms also received a Highly Commended recognition for Non-clinical Team of the Year at the awards for their work in supporting community members with their mental and physical health, and advice and signposting for social needs, with the aim of reducing the need for clinical care.

The awards, which took place on 6 October, bring together NHS trusts, CCG’s, police forces, charities and more to recognise and reward best practice in mental health services and initiatives.