Tag Archive: mood

Drawing a ‘mountain range’ in relation to the ups and downs of an issue or using mood rating scales.

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Constructive activities

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The ward places a high value on constructive activities such as craft, music, outdoor play or toys that stimulate imaginative play, since keeping young people active and engaged improves their self-esteem and mood and reduces the risk of unhelpful behaviours.

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Internet safety from Islington CAMHS

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Islington CAMHS spoke to young people to help them learn about internet safety and to find out what works well for them to keep safe online. The young people they spoke to gave them lots of tips and ways to keep safe online. Here’s a taste:

The internet is great for lots of reasons including …

  • Communication – such as interacting and talking to people.
  • Information – good for schoolwork, finding out updated information quickly and also having access to the news and maps.
  • Entertainment – streaming entertainment on websites such as YouTube and BBC iPlayer and also playing games.
  • Safety – young people told us they have used their phones to help them get out of tricky situations.

Top tips include:

  • Use a ‘phone jar’ – give yourself a target of how many times you go on your phone and if you go over, you have to put money in the phone jar.
  • Tell friends about the consequences of sharing information online, such as employers or prospective employers seeing posts and photos etc.
  • Don’t post when you’re upset /overly happy/ angry or in a different mood than usual.

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“Time to Shine”

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The Wirral CAMHS Primary Mental Health Worker Team developed a skill-based, five-week Mindfulness Group. The group was originally called the Mindfulness Group, but the young people involved weren’t keen on this name and quickly renamed the group “Time to Shine”. The group started as a result of feedback we’d had from other young people that had been involved in our CAMHS service, who suggested there was lots to gain from meeting other young people in similar situations and having a forum of mutual support and understanding.  Having listened to the young people over four months, we ran two Mindfulness groups for any young person between 12-16 presenting with mild-moderate anxiety or low mood.

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Talking in confidence

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“All patients have opportunity to talk in confidence about worrying thoughts, feelings or behaviour. They are offered a 1:1 session with their allocated nurse at least once per day. We try to give them a choice of time and location for these sessions. Some young people have particular times of the day where their mood is worse or where they have more headspace, and some are just not morning people!”

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