We are the CAMHS Rights and Participation team. We are a team that work on improving mental health services in Surrey for young people. We believe that a service aimed at young people should be developed by young people therefore making it useful and effective for the users utilising it. We go to conferences, in to schools, CAMHS clinics and all sorts of places to spread the word about mental health awareness and to try and decrease the stigma!
Participation for us is getting young people involved in decision making and improving mental health services for future service users. It involves professionals and young people coming together collaboratively to change and develop services together
Upload training is a compulsory training course which all mental health professionals in Surrey must attend. It is a training developed around seeing things from a young persons perspective. We incorporate different exercises to portray what young people find important for professionals to know... Covering serious topics but in FUN WAY.. SUCH AS SPEEDDATING ETC
Our Voice is a magazine which young people with mental health issues produce for young people with mental health issues. It is aimed to raise awareness, help young people to feel less alone and to give young people resources that they can use to help themselves!
Recruit Crew is a mandatory practise whereby there has to be a young person on each interview panels for mental health professionals across Surrey. We believe that young peoples opinions should be taken in to consideration all the way across the board including who is employed.
So there you have a few of our bigger projects, and I now want to tell you a few of our other ones, some that have made a big impact, with the aim to inspire you to take some of these back to your team/services
CAMHS Youth Advisors
Charlotte Williams Sophie TimmsGemma Bromwich Jack Kennett
CAMHS Rights Officer4 CAMHS Children’s Rights Apprentices Wider group of 60 young people (volunteers)
What it means to us What difference it has made to us Members experiences
UPLOAD‘Experience what it is like to be a young person ’‘Moving and inspiring’
OUR VOICE Empower young peopleTackling stigma Giving information Decreasing anxieties
RECRUIT CREW Young people’s perspective on future employees Our experience
If any of you would like any more details about what we do or would like to get involved then please feel free to contact us!EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.comCALL: 01483517591 OR 07896248244