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Helping parents feel less alone

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A web-based resource to help parents feel less alone and give them information to help them cope with their child’s problems

“Parents tell us that, after they discover a son or daughter has been self-harming, they can feel very alone and isolated and may struggle to find help and support.

At the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the charity healthtalk.org, we have developed a web-based resource to help parents to feel less alone and to give them information to help them to cope with their child’s problems. The website includes video, audio and text extracts from interviews with 39 family members of young people who have self-harmed. It covers topics such as the impact on the family, how to support the child, treatment options and advice from other parents, and provides information for parents and carers on what to expect from hospitals, schools and mental health services, plus individual families’ experiences with the healthcare system.

This resource is freely available and can be found here

We hope that viewing this website will help parents who are trying to cope with a child’s self-harm and show them that they are not alone. This is especially important at a time when there is such pressure on children’s mental health services.”

Professor Keith Hawton & Dr Anne Ferrey

Centre for Suicide Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

(Quote from theguardian.com)

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Normalising the Experience for Young People 

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While young people wanted more activities to keep them busy, chatting with staff about normal, everyday subjects was seen as very important. An inpatient stay is not a usual part of development, so many staff acknowledged the importance of normalising the experience for young people. Some young people found a constant focus on ‘mental health’ detrimental, and wanted their treatment and care to be integrated into the context of their lives.

Source: Where Next by YoungMinds

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 Creating A Living-Learning-Leisure Balance

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The team works in partnership with each young person and their parents or carers to establish what treatment works best for them. They also encourage the young people to express themselves creatively and have established a successful arts programme. Young people also benefit from an on-site school and are encouraged to take part in a range of fun activities including cookery, IT and games, which not only enhances their treatment but also supports their rehabilitation by building confidence and developing social skills. The service also has access to the Woodland Retreat; an innovative on-site annexe for young people to use as a learning or leisure base.

From withuinmind.nhs.uk

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Young People’s Council

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“This group is run fortnightly and is optional as it runs outside the unit’s therapeutic programme. The aim of the group is to facilitate direct action, through increased user involvement in all aspects of their care, treatment, issues relating to their environment and the resources we provide.

The group provides a forum for comments and complaints to take place, enabling the young people to be part of the process of change. Representatives of the young people, via the Young People’s Council, are invited to attend the monthly Simmons House Management Group meetings.

There is also a Food Steering Group which young people attend to discuss the quality and range of food available.” Read more here.

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Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme

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Camden CAMHS and the Anna Freud Centre ran a project as part of their Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme. They wanted to use shared decision making to support young people with mental health problems and their families to make informed choices and become active partners in their treatment.

The project was very successful, proving that shared decision-making is not just a powerful tool for physical health issues. Clinicians reported that using shared decision making radically changed the way they interacted with service users, making relationships more open and transparent. Young people reported feeling more engaged and involved in their care, more able to take responsibility for their actions and more committed to following care plans they’d been involved in developing. The team found evidence of improved outcomes in individual cases and anecdotal evidence from nurses in an outpatient unit, suggested that shared decision making led to fewer incidences of aggressive behaviour. From here

Read more about the CAMHS project or watch a video interview with Kate Martin from Camden CAMHS.

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Principles and evidence of treatments

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“The team understands the principles which make up the main treatment options available to the young people, as well as the evidence base for them.”

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Collaboration with the young person and family

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Formulations and treatment plans are often constructed in collaboration with the child/young person and family, and the expectation is that they are periodically reviewed in the light of new assessment or intervention information.

 

From UCL CAMHS Competence model

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