29 April 2019

There was a brilliant turn-out at City and Hackney’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre Open Day on Tuesday 16th April. 

It was a great opportunity to invite parents and young people to visit the service and to understand the care that young people, their families and carers can access.

None of it could have been achieved without the dedication of all the staff and volunteers that took part, whose careful planning led to an incredible day of informative therapy sessions, stalls, and fun activities for everyone involved.

Vicky Rodrigues, Lead Nurse for Hackney CAMHS spoke about the impact of the event: 

“I feel the day went some way in helping the community see CAMHS as an open door service, giving us a medium to showcase our work. We are moving forward to enable a more united front to benefit the Community in Hackney.” 

 One youngster that took part said: 

“Thank you for making it a judgement free place and for making it a wonderful day.”

The day kicked off with a raffle, with the main prize a signed Arsenal shirt and Easter Eggs for the runners-up. A bike demo was led by staff and an introduction to Mindfulness Yoga encouraged all involved to engage, with staff demonstrating self-care via the downward dog pose, much to the amusement of all those present. 

Family Therapy Workshops, ADHD Awareness, an introduction to CBT, ‘Theraplay’ sessions, advice on Non-Violent Resistance, and a Medication Q & A ran throughout the day with the support offered by Clinicians and staff at the Centre.

A guest appearance by David Cadji-Newby, author of the popular “The Little Boy or Girl Who Lost Their Name” was another highlight of the day, He led with a reading of his new book, followed by a short interactive Q & A.

Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Feryal Clark was also there to join in the proceedings. She spoke about how impressive it was to see all the hard work put into making the event a success. 

Looking back on the day, Vicky said: “It was a real pleasure to see the community come together. We are determined to break down the barriers associated with CAMHS and to help reconstruct mental health for the better, in an effort to inspire young people to seek the help they need.”