11 April 2019

City and Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is excited to be opening its doors and welcoming young people and families on Tuesday 16 April to a series of fun and educational events.

The idea came about with young people in mind: looking at how to make CAMHS more approachable and to let young people know how easy it can be to talk to a therapist. This is also a great chance for parents to visit the service and to understand the care that young family members can receive.

Vicky Rodrigues, Lead Nurse for Hackney CAMHS and the initiator of this event explains the motivation behind the project:

“Taking the mystery out of specialist CAMHS, we want to open the doors to our service to create an opportunity to share our working practices with the Hackney community that we serve.

CAMHS has been led by our young people user participation Champions who will be taking an active role in helping us explain our services to the community.

We are offering taster sessions on Evidenced Based Interventions, interventions that are safe and suitable for the needs of our patients, as well as showcasing partnership relationships with both statutory and volunteer sector agencies.

It’s a really good opportunity for young people and families to understand how we work and if we can bust some myths along the way, even better!”

The busy programme includes wellbeing workshops including mindfulness yoga, a Bikeworks demo on All Ability cycling,  games – football, Bingo, Guess Who, Easter Egg Hunt, as well as Q&A sessions on medication.

One of the authors of ‘The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name’ book, veteran BBC comedy writer and co-owner of Wonderbly publishing start-up that received an investment on Dragon’s Den, David Cadji-Newby, is coming along to meet the children and share exciting stories with them.

Visitors can try the taster therapy sessions on the spot, which will be available throughout the day for young people and/or families. This will give you a feeling of how easy it can be talking about your twists and turns.

The sessions are on a drop-in basis, no pre-booking needed.

The open day is from 10am-4pm at City & Hackney CAMHS, 15 Homerton Row, E9 6ED.

Open day poster