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CAMHeleon.org

 

Good Experiences for Young Mental Health Inpatients

 

Helping young people with mental health problems to get the most out of their inpatient experience is the focus of a new website launched by the charity Star Wards.

 

CAMHeleon.org provides online resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to help staff identify small changes that can have a big impact on a young person’s quality of life on a ward.

 

Whilst admission to a mental health setting can in itself be a traumatic experience for a child or young person, it also has the potential to be a time of healing.

 

CAMHeleon is designed to ensure the young person has the best possible inpatient experience. It outlines ways to encourage new skills, such as learning to manage their emotional health and resilience, making friends, and even having fun in the process.

 

Dr Miranda Wolpert (Director Service Improvement and Evaluation Anna Freud Centre) and Professor Peter Fonagy (Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre) said: “CAMHeleon offers an accessible body of understanding and the potential tools and practice ideas garnered from experienced staff and existing material. [CAMHeleon provides] the inspiring and encouraging raw material which may benefit the work done with some of the country’s most vulnerable people and their families, and therefore enhance the inpatient experience.”

 

Nina Martynchyk, (former CAMHS patient, blogger and campaigner) said: “As CAMHeleon makes clear, what matters most is the good relationships staff build with each young person and the caring things they do that make them feel better – these were definitely key to my recovery. I really hope all members of staff working within CAMHS inpatient settings will take a look!”

 

For further information please contact: Nic Higham here

 

Notes to editors

 

1. Star Wards is a project of the social justice charity Bright, and works collaboratively with mental health wards to improve patients’ daily experiences and treatment outcomes. starwards.org.uk

 

2. The main sections of the site are:

 

  • Caring Relationships
  • Opportunity and Expression
  • Leisure and Therapeutic Activity
  • On and off the Ward
  • Understanding
  • Relational and Physical safety
  • Family and Friends
  • Unique Recovery Journeys
  • Learning and Growth.

 

CAMHeleon.org is an exciting new online resource for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) ward staff produced by Star Wards. Although it’s certainly challenging being a CAMHS inpatient,  it’s also an important opportunity to get new skills make new friends, learn how to manage their emotional health and even  have fun in the process.

 

CAMHeleon is designed to help achieve this. Informed by research into aspects of young people’s wellbeing and how wards can best provide and support these collaboratively, the website offers a collection of best practice themes with accompanying ideas, articles, quotes, research and resources. CAMHeleon focuses on the things that make a positive difference to young inpatients, identifying small changes that have a big impact.

 

Young people are a group of particularly vulnerable inpatients for whom a hospital admission can potentially be very traumatic – but also potentially very healing and resilience-building. CAMHS wards throughout the country provide a rich assortment of therapeutic, educational, social and clinical interventions.

 

Dr Miranda Wolpert (Director Service Improvement and Evaluation Anna Freud Centre) and Professor Peter Fonagy (Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre) said: “CAMHeleon offers an accessible body of understanding and the potential tools and practice ideas garnered from experienced staff and existing material…[CAMHeleon provides] the inspiring and encouraging raw material which may benefit the work done with some of the country’s most vulnerable people and their families, and therefore enhance the inpatient experience.”

 

http://www.camheleon.org/