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Parents and carers wanted for our CAMHS involvement group

A group of parents who have been meeting regularly to improve support for families of young people using our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are looking for more parents and carers to get involved with their work.

The parent and carer involvement group, which has been meeting every month since January, has already created an educational video and leaflet to raise awareness of mental health services for young people.

The video and leaflet aim to give an insight into services from a parent’s perspective and help break down some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding CAMHS.

“The need for the video and leaflet was identified when the group reflected on their own experiences after their children were first referred to CAMHS, and the flurry of emotions that the referral triggered,” said Vicky Jolly, Operational Manager for our Trust in Halton.

“Joining CAMHS can often feel a bit daunting for parents and this can feel even more overwhelming if they don’t know what to expect. The group wanted to give other parents in a similar situation an honest insight into what being involved with CAMHS means for the whole family, not just for the young person.”

The group is now looking for more parents and carers from across our Trust’s five boroughs - Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan – to get involved.

“It’s been fantastic working with our parents by listening to and learning from their experiences, and we’re really keen to get more parents and carers of our CAMHS service users involved,” said Vicky.

“We have some really exciting projects in the pipeline so now is a better time than ever to join us! If you have a child or someone you care for who is using CAMHS services or has used CAMHS services in the past and you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.”

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