FTB Latest News

YPAG and Think4Brum leads shortlisted for coveted Unsung Hero award

Bob Maxfield, Participation & Engagement Lead and Ian Wood, Interim Engagement and Volunteering Manager for our Trust, have been shortlisted as finalists for the coveted Unsung Hero Awards for their outstanding commitment to supporting young people and transforming services.

Relocation of FTB’s East Hub from Blakesley Centre to Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre

As part of our ongoing review of FTB's facilities, and in response to feedback, we know that the Blakesley Centre doesn’t offer the right environment and facilities to effectively meet your healthcare needs. We base this view not only on the valuable input we have received from you, as our service users and carers, but it is also very clear from our recent CQC report.

Hope in Recovery: A Young Person's Story

“I suffered with restriction and compulsive exercise between 2018-2022, with my parents watching me in despair, deteriorating in physical and mental health day by day."

Past Patients and Siblings Host 'Big Discussion'

Young people, including past patients and their siblings, took centre stage in a transformative Big Discussion event for healthcare professionals, advocating for youth voice within our Trust. 

Eating Disorder Recovery Party Unites Young People in Birmingham

Our award-winning Specialist Eating Disorder Service (SEDS) at Forward Thinking Birmingham, the city's 0-25s Mental Health Service, hosted a recovery party earlier this year for those affected by eating disorders in the community.

Nahida appointed new Think4Brum Chair

Nahida Rahman, one of our fantastic young volunteers, has been appointed Chair for Think4Brum, a youth participation group in our 0-25s Mental Health Services.

An interview with Think4Brum Co-Chair Charlotte Weir

Charlotte Weir, Co-Chair for Think4Brum, has been part of the group since 2019. As a member of Think4Brum, she uses her experiences as a service user to create positive change in our Mental Health services. She reflected on her journey with Think4Brum:

New mental health Urgent Care Centre is opened

A new and modernised mental health Urgent Care Centre in the city has been officially opened thanks to a partnership between our Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB), and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation.

Helen Randall talks about our Child Psychotherapy training opportunities

This week, we sat down with Helen Randall, Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy for Forward Thinking Birmingham. Helen talked to us about BTPP, the psychotherapy training school in Birmingham and the different training opportunities it offers, including the steps you need to take to become a Child Psychotherapist.

What’s it like to be a part of Think4Brum?

Louna Walker, Co-Chair and Communications Lead for Think4Brum, talks about what it's like to be a part of our Mental Health Service's youth participation group.

You’ve Been Missed project still here to help as schools return

Last year our Forward Thinking Birmingham mental health service proudly began working alongside a number of partners across our city including Birmingham Education Partnership and Birmingham City Council on our #YouveBeenMissed campaign.

Since then our dedicated website section has been visited more than 18,000 times. This collaborative service has supported pupils, parents, carers and education professionals to help children and young people when they’ve returned to school – something that’s been made more challenging for some due to the uncertainty in the world due to COVID-19.

Mental health passport launch

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB), the city’s  unique mental health service, is celebrating five years of putting young people at the heart of developing their care.