Structure



CAMHeleon offers a collection of achievable positive experiences young people can have while in hospital (both with help from others and independently), ways they may take advantage of these and how ward staff can offer support.
The ‘COLOURFUL Themes’, around which CAMHeleon is structured, aim to help CAMHS teams (along with co-piloting young patients) to create a masterpiece of inpatient care from the wide-ranging compendium of inspiration provided. Each theme reflects both an aspect of happy ward life and an important part of young people’s everyday wellbeing.

Within each theme you’ll find a user-friendly selection of associated ideas, articles, quotes, research and resources about therapeutic CAMHS care.
We love mnemonics! C.O.L.O.U.R.F.U.L spells out the following themes:

1. Caring Relationships
2. Opportunity and Expression
3. Leisure and Therapeutic Activity
4. On and off the Ward
5. Understanding
6. Relational and Physical safety
7. Family and Friends
8. Unique Recovery Journeys
9. Learning and Growth



Explore the themes
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Ideas and Tools Box


Browse the 'Ideas and Tools Box' and collect the best practice examples that inspire you by adding them to your very own 'Ideas and Tools Palatte'. When you're ready, head over to the Ideas and Tools Palette page where you can view, edit and print your collection of ideas. Think of your Ideas Palette as a kind of shopping basket full of free gifts for patients and staff. We inspire - you deliver!

“We could do that.” We're regularly told by staff that when they read ways in which other wards are tackling problems or creating new opportunities for patients, this is their response. CAMHeleon exists to help CAMHS ward staff to feel inspired and informed so that they can do that, or most often, do their own variation of that.

There’s some new stuff, some stuff you’ll already know but may perhaps find presented here in a refreshing way. Huge thanks to all the wards which have generously shared their great examples and ideas. Like its bigger sister Wardipedia, CAMHeleon relies on practitioners’ contributions – the 500+ examples are just the start! Ward staff like YOU help make CAMHeleon really useful for everyone! Please do send us details of work that you feel particularly proud of so that others round the country (and globe!) can also benefit from your achievements. They can be seemingly big or small; we’d love to hear about anything you’re doing! Please click here to contact us.

Here's some more info on the themes:


Caring Relationships


Young people flourish when they feel truly connected and understood. Empathy, warmth, patience, encouragement, mutual trust and acceptance are all relational biggies.

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Opportunity and Expression


This theme is about involvement, influence and promoting self-expression. For the young person at this time, opportunity and expression are particularly important.
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Leisure and Therapeutic Activity


Young people having constructive, therapeutic, meaningful and enjoyable things to do while in hospital and maintaining, as far as possible, activities from home life: that’s what this theme aims to champion.

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On and Off the Ward


Caring connections and relationships are essential for happiness. This theme emphasises the feel-good factors of community spirit, generosity, kindness and respect

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Understanding


This theme is all about the young person making the most of their time on the ward through getting a good understanding of both their current situation, what led to it, and the choices available to them

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Relational and Physical Safety


Feeling safe and comfortable internally and externally: that’s what this theme is all about. Creating an environment that reduces anxiety and enables young people to feel emotionally and physically secure, especially when in crisis.

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Family and Friends


Young people experience mental health problems within a family (or similar) setting. When the young person is in hospital there is an important need to keep contact with family and friends.

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Unique Recovery Journeys


Recovery is about growing, finding hope. It’s about young people’s whole lives and is possible for everyone. Goals can be moulded by staff, but only from the raw material provided by the young person.

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Learning and Growth


This theme focuses on how therapeutic relationships can nurture healthy development and gentle movement towards a young person’s own idea of holistic success. Both education and nursing staff can find a good balance between the young patient's right to education and what they can take on board while feeling unwell.

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