Category Archive: Blog

Responding to Anxiety and Depression Conference

  By Nina Martynchyk     I am so happy that mental health is slowly becoming less of a taboo topic in society. As someone who has personal experience of mental illness, I know only too well how comforting it feels to be able to speak about your issues freely with the knowledge that instead of being judged, you are being supported and understood. As mental health education is key to the continuation of the collective acceptance of mental health, I have decided to dedicate lots of my time to organising mental health conferences aimed at clinicians, teachers, parents and more

Understanding as a path to recovery

  By Nina Martynchyk   "There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen." -Rumi When I entered hospital, I remember having a very strong sense of ‘does anyone get what I am going through?’ I was suffering with debilitating depression and a very severe eating disorder that had left me locked in my own darkness. After continuously feeling rejected by many people in my life, I felt extremely isolated and had an aching desire to feel supported and understood. Luckily, I was cared for by many members of staff who would do their absolute best to make sure that more

Limited Edition T-Shirts and Hoodies

  We’re COLOURFUL, are you?   Wear a splash of colour and help support our best practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) website. We think young inpatients and the awesome staff who care for them will love our limited edition CAMHeleon T-Shirts and Hoodies. They’re available to order now in a variety of colours and sizes.   Our campaign runs for 30 days from 21st February 2017 – so order yours now to avoid missing out! All proceeds go to the development and sustainment of Bright projects.      CAMHeleon is a project of the more

A Letter to Patients and Staff in Hospital Over Christmas

  Christmas is a holiday associated with family, friends, happiness and celebration. From the 1st of December, it seems as if we're all expected to transform into happy-go-lucky Christmas tree decorators, mince pie eaters and carol singers... but for many people these lovely things are the last things on their minds. For many, these optimistic expectations can amplify their feelings of pressure, sadness, isolation and stress. Understandably, for those spending Christmas in hospital, it can be an exceptionally painful time. I want to let anybody who knows that they will be in hospital on Christmas day, that you are more

Opportunity and Expression Are Vital for Young People

    By Allie Carr, Modern Matron, St Andrew's Adolescent Pathway Northampton It’s exciting times here at St Andrew’s as we are nearing the completion of our new building, FitzRoy House! This is a unit which is specifically designed for young people. And the best bit is, a lot of it was designed by young people! As we know within the world of CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services), opportunity and expression are vital for young people, and one of the things which have enabled this new build to be so fantastic is the more

Let’s keep Reaching Out to Young People in Emotional Pain

    If you love a person, you accept the total person. With all the defects. Because those defects are a part of the person. Never try to change a person you love, because the very effort to change says that you love half, and the other half of the person is not accepted . When you love, you simply love. Osho     Having suffered from depression and anxiety for years, I can say from a personal point of view that assuming those with mental illness are just ‘acting out’ and not really suffering is as ridiculous as more


    By Nina Martynchyk My friends are, and have always been, my ‘rock’. Over the past seven years, which has included a year-long hospitalisation for Anorexia, moving schools and five foster placements, my friends have always been a source of support and stability in my life.  Even if my placement was highly neglectful (one of my carers had a very hard time accepting she had to cook for me - I was 14 when I moved in with her), I was lucky enough to have a friend who started taking me home every Friday for dinner. The Association more


  First published on Place2Be's partner intranet  By Nic Higham, Inpatient Care Project Manager at Star Wards    We know that mental health has been overlooked in the past. This is mostly because of stigma and people not appreciating just how many people are affected and how devastating that effect is. But, thankfully, we are talking about it now and that’s most certainly a very good start. Somewhat unbelievably, it’s taken society a long time to come to the view that mental health deserves the same priority as physical health. The converse is starting to seem ridiculous. We’re waking up more

CAMHs Staff Helped Me Find Hope When I Thought All Was Lost

By Nina Martynchyk “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” - Thich Nhat Han     When I think back to my time in hospital, the only thing I really remember are the relationships that I had with the staff that looked after me. There was a period of time when the staff were the only people I could rely on. A couple of weeks after being admitted to the Royal Free for Anorexia, my placement with my more