How we respond and relate to the young people on the ward influences their emotions, behaviour and developing personality.
Islington CAMHS is encouraging young people in Islington to take an active role in local mental health services in the borough, by joining their youth board.
Lucy McGregor, lead for user participation, said: “The CAMHS youth board is an exciting opportunity for young people to have their say, make changes and influence decisions about their mental health service. Joining the CAMHS youth board is also an opportunity for young people to develop new skills that will look great on their CV.”
Young people over the age of 13 years who live in Islington are invited to join. Everyone is welcome including current service users, past service users and young people who haven’t used the service but would like to be involved.
The CAMHS youth board meets once a month after school between 4-6pm.
Young people are invited to come along to:
Teenagers in Stockport are helping to shape the future of mental health services with a new user forum. It’s hoped the group will influence the future commissioning of young people’s services in the borough. The forum has already shared suggestions including running more group activities and making the consulting rooms more friendly and less clinical. They’ll have their say on all aspects of the service – from the decoration of the waiting area to interviewing potential new staff. In the future, the young people hope to link in with other local organisations, including the Youth Council.
Sally Trowse, ADHD Clinical Specialist Nurse with CAMHS who works closely with the forum, described it as a valuable tool to help young people have a voice in how the service evolves. She said: “The young people involved in the forum have already raised important issues and shared ideas on how they would like services to develop in the future.” To find out more about Stockport CAMHS visit http://www.withuinmind.nhs.uk –
My Shared Pathway – My Relationships Workbook
The following extracts are from the ‘My Relationships’ workbook produced by My Shared Pathway:
“The relationships we have with other people are very important to our well-being and our recovery from mental health difficulties. We have relationships with many different people in many different areas of our life. We have relationships with our family, our friends, our neighbours, people who help support and care for us, all the professional people we come into contact with and, while in hospital, the other people we live with on the ward. We will probably have relationships with some professionals we might not have had relationships with befor“
“All of our relationships have an effect on our lives, on how we feel and on how we behave. Those around us can have a very strong influence on us and our recovery from mental health difficulties. We will need to build relationships with people who understand where we’re coming from, how we are now and how we want to change. There may already be people in our lives that support us and we will need to make sure we maintain these. There may also be relationships that have a negative effect on us, and we may require help deciding what to do about these”
“In this part of My Shared Pathway, we’ll look at all your relationships, the ways you relate to other people and how to make sure your relationships are helpful to you in your recovery from mental health difficulties. We will look at how healthy, positive relationships can help reduce your harmful risks, while supporting you to take positive risks to live the lifestyle you want to lead.”