Episode 37- Learning to Cope with Exams



In this episode we meet Marianne, who will be sharing CAMHSTalk hosting duties alongside Niki and Aisling moving forward, and discuss everyone’s favourite thing… exams! Marianne and Aisling are joined by Molly and Shana to share their experiences of exams (before and after COVID), the importance of looking after your mental health and share helpful advice as we head into exam season.

Aisling Callaghan- Participation Lead
Marianne Bahadur- Participation Worker
Shana- ex CAMHS service user
Molly- ex CAMHS service user


Episode 36- Living with Depression



Trigger warning: This episode explores depression and references suicide, please look after yourself and exercise self care when listening.

In this episode, Niki and Aisling are joined by Keeley, Ashleigh, Jay and Shana to discuss depression. We talk about our experiences of depression and how it has impacted our lives, including masking our feelings and symptoms our friends and family noticed. We also share helpful ways we have found to cope, what people can do to help and support, and our experiences accessing therapy and medication.

Niki Scott- CAMHS Participation Lead
Aisling Callaghan- CAMHS Participation Lead
Keeley- CAMHS service user
Ashleigh- CAMHS service user
Shana- ex CAMHS service user
Jay- ex CAMHS service user


Episode 35- Living with Dyslexia



In the latest edition of CAMHSTalk, Aisling is joined by Saskia, Shana and Kat to talk about dyslexia. We discuss what our dyslexia looks like, experiences of getting diagnosed and how it has impacted education. We also talk about all the things we are able to achieve as a result of our brain working slightly differently.

Aisling Callaghan- CAMHS Participation Lead
Kat Fusco- Professional Lead for Arts Therapies for CAMHS
Shana- CAMHS service user
Saskia- CAMHS service user


Episode 33 – User Participation and co-production



In the latest edition of our CAMHSTalk podcast Niki Scott, CAMHS Participation Lead is joined by Shana, Lucy, Safa and Molly for a discussion about participation and coproduction. In a bid to encourage other young people to get involved and have their say, our service users talk about the projects they have been involved in and how they have benefitted from having a platform to share their views and opinions.


Episode 32 – Music and Mental Health



Aisling, Sam and Shalhavit have worked together to develop a song and music video about mental health: Mental Obstacles Can Enlighten You. In this podcast, we explore the importance of sharing mental health support and information in a meaningful and relevant way and reflect on the process of song writing, editing and the importance of creativity and mental health.
Aisling- CAMHS Participation Lead
Shalhavit- Simcha Cohen- PhD researcher musician
Sam- CAMHS service user
Listen to the song and watch the music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c9pd51DsPk

Episode 31 – Let’s talk about Dialectical Behavioural Therapy…



In this episode we explore Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, commonly known as DBT. We are joined by Sue Hollingsworth who discusses the therapy from a professional perspective, and Chloe who shares her insights as a young person who has experienced the therapy. We talk about what the therapy involves, who might access DBT and the different, our experiences and how it compares to other interventions. This episode explores treatment options within our CAMHS service and our personal experiences.

Sue Hollingsworth- CAMHS Practitioner
Chloe – CAMHS service user


Episode 30 – Digital diagnosis and neurodiversity



Professionals, parents and young people across Bedfordshire and Luton have joined forces to utilise their expertise and collaborate in the development of a co-produced ‘Diagnosis Support Pack’ – a one stop place for information, support, guidance in multi media format in the lead up to, or following a diagnosis of a neurodiversity. In this podcast we discuss how, why and what the diagnosis support pack is all about and the journey that went in to its creation.

The Diagnosis Support Pack can be found here: https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/beds-luton-community-paediatrics/diagnosis-support-pack


Episode 29 – The effects of COVID on welbeing..



Join us for our third and final instalment in our series looking at the effects of COVID 19 and lockdown restrictions on the wellbeing of young people. Following our discussions with Professor Tamsin Ford and Doctor Uttom Choudhury, we ask the young people themselves about what it has been like for them since March 2020. Aisling is joined by Nada, Chloe and Richie to discuss their experiences.

Nada- Assistant Psychologist, Luton CAMHS
Richie- CAMHS service user
Chloe- CAMHS service user


Episode 28 – Transitions



In this episode, Aisling was joined by Chloe, Molly, Freya and Lorna to discuss transitions. Freya and Lorna share their perspective as professionals in our Mental Health Support Teams, and Molly and Chloe share their own experiences as young people currently experiencing transition. We discuss why experiences like moving house or changing school can be challenging, and share tools and advice we have found helpful.