A YOUNG Barrovian has become an integral part of the re-design process for youth mental health services across the whole of Cumbria.

Jade Ainsworth, from Barrow has shared her experiences and ideas of the mental health system with Healthwatch Cumbria as part of a bid to redesign CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).

The teenager was introduced to Healthwatch Cumbria through a project called Thrive, which involved young people to re-design CAMHS.

As part of the Inaitive she travelled to Preston to meet with professionals from CAHMS.

As an avid user of Instagram, Miss Ainsworth has amassed a large number of followers which is focussed on living and recovering from mental health issues.

All of her followers are young people who have had experience at different levels of using CAMHS.

Jade posed some of the questions from the sessions in Preston to her followers gaining over 750 responses.

She then presented the findings in Preston on May 17 and has since been contacted by CAMHS practitioners for more information and experience.

A spokesman from Healthwatch Cumbria said: “Jade has been a fantastic asset to this project and has put forward some fantastic ideas for change and development of the CAMHS service.

The Thrive project has now finished and the report will be published soon.

Alongside this, The Mail is also running the ‘Time to Talk’ campaign after a spate of people took their own lives in Barrow.

The campaign urges people to speak out and seek support if needed. If you are in need please contact the Samaritans free helpline on 116 123.