Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is set to illuminate its Children and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Inspire, as part of its activity to mark the NHS 72nd Birthday on Sunday 5th July.
They join other Trusts and organisations that are lighting up landmark buildings in towns and cities across the UK as part of this annual event. The building on Walker Street in Hull was opened in January 2020 and service young people from Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire who struggle with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, severe anxiety, psychosis and eating disorders.
Events are being organised by and for staff to recognise the special place the NHS holds in our lives and to say thank you to its staff and other key workers and those that have supported them during these challenging times.
Michele Moran, Chief Executive said: “While the NHS celebrates its birthday every July, we must recognise that this year is unlike any other we have ever experienced. And while it may not feel quite right to celebrate in what has been a very challenging, and at times very sad, period of our lives, we do believe it is important to take this opportunity to stand in solidarity as a nation and say thank you.
“We know one of the groups that are struggling with the changes to their lives during COVID-19 is young people. With the stay at home guidance meaning they had reduced social interaction with their friends and the lack of routine and structure caused by school closures as well as anxiety about the future it is an unsettling time for many including those that have never experience mental health issues before. We want to take this opportunity to ensure that young people know that there is help for them if and when they need it.”
The Trust isn’t stopping there in their plans to acknowledge this unique anniversary.
A virtual Sunday Service will be held by Trust Chaplain, Eve Rose at 5pm on Sunday 5th July. The Bishop of Hull, the Lord Mayor will say words of thanks and we will also be joined by NHS England’s National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch, and local MP’s Emma Hardy and Diana Johnson. This service is open to the public.
The service will start by joining the Final Clap for Carer’s event, the nation’s biggest clap. The Trust is also calling on the public to join them to say a huge thank you on behalf of the whole NHS to all those who have played their part in tackling this pandemic.
Trust staff who are working over the birthday weekend will be thanked for their resilience and bravery by receiving afternoon tea hampers so they can have a special break and raise a glass (or mug!) to the NHS and one another.
[Loren Hakeney – Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust]