About My CAMHS Choices
Background to the My CAMHS Choices Project
YoungMinds, Off the Record (Bristol) and the Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud Centre have collaborated on a three year project, which has been funded by the Department of Health called My CAMHS choices. This project ran for three years in total, starting in March 2011 and finishing in March 2014.
This project was steered and developed by young people with experience of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); Felicity Hathway, Chloe Alsop, and Pete. They believed that finding out as much as possible about their treatment options was a really important and helpful step in enabling them to engage with the service and their worker, as it made them feel as though it was something they were involved in rather than something that was happening to them.
Because of this, the group decided to create this website, featuring videos answering key questions about CAMHS.
The aims of this website are to:
• Provide those accessing CAMHS with the necessary information required to make meaningful choices about their care.
• Answer FAQs in order to allay some of the anxiety and worry associated with having any involvement with mental health services.
• Include the perspectives of both young people who have had first-hand experience of CAMHS and the professionals who work there.
• Give a balanced view, considering both the positive and perceived negative aspects of CAMHS.
The video footage you find on this website has been led by the young people involved in the project. We hope these videos will allow children and young people to exercise their right to choice and control over their mental health care.
What’s next for the project?
Although the project has now finished, we want this resource to continue to be useful to you. You can give us your feedback by filling in our survey:
If you would like to support this project or link with us please contact us.
If you have videos you think we could include on this website or want to create a video, please go to the get involved section.
How to use this website
If you are a CAMHS professional or referrer to CAMHS, you might also want to download our Leaflet for young people to print off and give to young people and families who you think might benefit from this website.
The young people involved in the project have also created a promotional video about this website.