06 March 2019

A rolling programme of information and training sessions has been launched for Bedfordshire parents and carers of children and young people.

The sessions will be held monthly and cover a different topic each time.

They have been organised by staff from the Trust's Bedfordshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) following a successful pilot in December 2018.

They will alternate sessions between Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire so they are accessible for people from across the area.

"These are friendly, informal sessions designed to provide information, help and support to any parents or carers of young people registered with a Bedfordshire GP," said CAMHS Practitioner Sue Hollingsworth, who is helping deliver the sessions.

"They are designed to help increase understanding of the mental health needs of children and young people and increase parent and carers confidence in supporting their children by giving them some practical skills and strategies and highlighting other services that may be available"

Who can attend?
Any parent or carer who has a child registered at a Bedfordshire GP, you do not need to be open to CAMHS. Limited spaces at each session are also available for healthcare professionals

How do I book a ticket?
Tickets are free.
Sessions are now fully booked up to and including June, but more tickets may be released for the June session.

What are the timings of the sessions?
The sessions will take place between 6-8pm

Can young people attend?
These sessions are for parents and carers of children and young people only

Where can I find more information?
Details for confirmed sessions are available below. Future sessions will be advertised through social media, on the CAMHS website, schools and GP services and by local councils.
Anxiety and Panic - Tuesday 26 March, 2019
Managing Emotions, Resilience and Self-Esteem - Tuesday 16 April, 2019
Exam and School Pressure -  Thursday 23 May, 2019
Self-Harm, Suicide, Risk-Taking Behaviours & Self-Medicating - Tuesday 25 June, 2019
Low Mood - Tuesday 16 July, 2019 (poster to follow)
Teenage Mental Health - Tuesday 20 August, 2019 (poster to follow)

Rolling programme poster