Episode 11 – Bedford CAMHS service update during lockdown



Now.. as we’re all aware, we’re living in strange times due to the COVID pandemic and this has brought some change to the services that are currently offered by Bedford CAMHS. In this episode, Nikki and I are talking to Ross Truscott, General Manager for Bedford CAMHS about the changes that have been made to make sure that CAMHS can continue to deliver the service to those young people and families that are under their care.

We also have the opportunity to hear about new service developments including the self referral process and the new 24 hour Crisis line that is now available for anyone, those that are already under the care of the service and for those that feel they may need CAMHS support.

 


Episode 10 – Let’s talk therapy dogs..



In this episode, we’ll introduce you to Dr Charlotte Bolt and her co-therapist, Ruby (the dog!). this is a great opportunity to find out how animals can enhance treatment for some that struggle to manage with face to face therapy. Come listen as Dr Bolt takes us through how she and Ruby have developed the use of animals in treatment.

As a note, not all types of treatment mentioned in this episode are therapeutically appropriate in all cases and may not be available in your area.


Episode 9 – Let’s Talk about CBT..



Today we talk about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, more commonly known as CBT. In this episode we are so grateful to Gemma Douthwaite and Dr Charlotte Bolt who share their insights and demystify the inner workings of this treatment model. As always, we also have our service users, this week we have Lucy and Jay who also share their own knowledge from a service user perspective. We also get to hear a little about Ruby, our therapy dog – but that’s a story for next time! Just to say that in our conversation we discuss some of the options that we have used in our service. It may be the case that some of the options we have discussed may not be available in all areas, or indeed be appropriate in all treatment cases.

For more information on CBT, you can go to the NHS webpage here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt/


Episode 8 (Part 2) – Uni Life and Mental Health



Welcome back to part 2 of Uni Life and Mental Health, come join us again as Mia, Roshni, Sam and Ocean continue to share their thoughts and insights about their first few months at University and about how they have managed everything from their mental health to relationships.  They also give excellent advice on what to expect, what you can’t predict and how to access the right support for you. Listen in on their discussion about their different experiences, different needs and how they met them. Mia, Roshni, Sam and Ocean also share their thoughts on common myths and the realities of life at Uni for someone with a mental health issue. You can also learn about where to get the best Pizza in Nottingham (useful for some no doubt!)


Episode 8 (Part 1) – Uni Life and Mental Health



Come take a listen to four of our ex-service users, Mia, Roshni, Sam and Ocean share their thoughts and insights about their first few months at University and hear then talk about how they have managed everything from their mental health to relationships.  They also give excellent advice on what to expect, what you can’t predict and how to access the right support for you. Listen in on their discussion about their different experiences, different needs and how they met them. Mia, Roshni, Sam and Ocean share their thoughts on common myths and the realities of life at Uni for someone with a mental health issue.

We have separated this ep[isode into two parts. Part two will be out in 2 weeks.


Episode 7 (Part 2) – How the Bedford Borough Early Help Team support ‘The Forgotten Population’



Let’s rejoin the conversation and continue to hear about the SWITCH Program where  Dawn Bere, Post 16 Personal Adviser & Enhanced Evidence-Based Practitioner and Christopher Allan – Early Help Professional at Bedford Borough talk with two of their service users, Georgia and Stephen about  ‘The Forgotten Population’ – young people who are not in education, employment or training (or NEET for short). Georgia and Stephen give very frank accounts of how they were supported by Dawn and Christopher’s team within the SWITCH project – a project designed to provide targeted support to NEET young people.

The risks associated with being a NEET young person is significant in terms of developing mental health difficulties and falling by the wayside in society with increased risk of getting into crime, drugs and gang violence. Come listen to the work that is happening in Bedford.


Episode 7 (Part 1) – How the Bedford Borough Early Help Team support ‘The Forgotten Population’



Come listen to Dawn Bere, Post 16 Personal Adviser & Enhanced Evidence-Based Practitioner and Christopher Allan – Early Help Professional at Bedford Borough talk with two of their service users, Georgia and Stephen about  ‘The Forgotten Population’ – young people who are not in education, employment or training (or NEET for short). Georgia and Stephen give very frank accounts of how they were supported by Dawn and Christopher’s team within the SWITCH project – a project designed to provide targeted support to NEET young people.

The risks associated with being a NEET young person is significant in terms of developing mental health difficulties and falling by the wayside in society with increased risk of getting into crime, drugs and gang violence. Come listen to the work that is happening in Bedford.

 


Episode 6 – What’s on offer in Bedford Borough for SEND children?



Navigating local support and services for children with special educational needs can be cumbersome and stressful. Come listen and learn all about the Bedford Borough Local Offer Service that works tirelessly to bring information about what’s out there into one easy to access website. We discuss how to access the services and also have first-hand feedback from some of our service users about how having a ‘one-stop-shop’ has improved their own well being and that of their family. To take a look at the Bedford Borough Local Offer website, just click the link or cut and paste if you’d prefer. If you are a local service that wants to be included on the local offer website, you can also click the link below and make contact. The more services that make themselves known, the richer the mix of support is available to SEND children.

https://localoffer.bedford.gov.uk/


A plea from us.. Do you use mental health apps?



A quick request from us at CAMHSTalk – do you use any mental health mobile phone or tablet apps? Which ones? how are they useful? would you recommend any specifically? We are going to do a podcast where we review mental health apps on the show and help you to decide which could be useful to you. We are going to bring together professionals and service users and ask them their views. There are loads of apps out there. Some that the CAMHSTalk team already know about, but we want to know about the apps that you use, so we can look at those too.

We hope to bring you the best of the rest.. and make it easier for you to find the apps that work for you..

Come let us know by Clicking here…!

 


Episode 5 (Part 3) – Let’s discuss Men’s Mental Health



In part 3 we continue the discussions around the need for developing emotional language and where we can support this to happen. We also take a look at not making assumptions about the meaning of expressed emotions such as anger or withdrawal. In the discussion, we also explore generational issues such as parental role modelling and what impacts on our choices around emotional expression.

As this is the final part of the episode, I’d like to say a big thank you to Robert Lindsay, Mark Thomas-O’Keefe, Nicki Scott, Jay and Arron who shared, discussed and debated key issues around men’s mental health. It was a privilege to have contributed to the national/worldwide movement and we hope that you have enjoyed listening in on our discussion. If you’d like to comment. please feel free to share your thoughts or ideas, we would be happy to hear from you!