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!

Episode 5 (Part 2) Let’s discuss Men’s Mental Health

In part 2 of this episode, we continue the discussion around men’s mental health and talk about the difficulties that an autism spectrum condition can add to seeking support from others. We are so privileged to be able to hear first-hand from the panel about how difficult it is to seek out support, be able to trust others and how others can misinterpret this for lack of motivation.

Episode 5 (Part 1) – Let’s discuss Men’s Mental Health

The issue of men’s mental health has been the focus of a lot of debate and a common theme is how difficult it is for men to open up and talk about how they feel. In this three-part episode, we have brought together a group of men, both service users and professionals who share and debate the issues that affect men today. This is a good opportunity to listen in on a heartfelt discussion about stigma, society expectations and the ways in which men are ‘supposed to be’. In this discussion, we talk about our own experiences of mental health issues, how we manage them and what needs to be different.

Episode 4 – Let’s discuss Eating Disorders

In this episode, we offer you a great opportunity to listen in on a discussion between me, Mark Taylor, an Eating Disorders Nurse within CAMHS and a service user who reflects on her own experience of her recovery, her struggles and how she came to understand the mechanisms of the illness. You will also hear some great advice if you are a young person who is struggling with eating or a carer looking after someone who is. It’s rare that you hear a young person share their story in such heartfelt detail, so sit back and have a listen..

For additional help, you can click on the link below and access the wealth of resources that are offered by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity

BEAT Eating Disorders.

Episode 3 – Let’s discuss Art Therapy

CAMHS offers lots of different kinds of therapy. In this episode, you have a great opportunity to learn about Art Therapy from Kat Fusco – one of our CAMHS Art Therapists and two of our service users. During the discussion, you will hear first-hand accounts from our service users of how art therapy helped them to recover and how valuable it is as a way of communicating when words are difficult to find. Kat also discusses how art therapy is used, what happens throughout the process of treatment and why it’s so powerful.

So take this privileged opportunity to listen in on their discussion..


Episode 2 – What’s it like to come to CAMHS?

Welcome to the second episode of CAMHS Talk. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to come to CAMHS for the first time and wished you could talk to someone who has? In this episode, two of our service users share their experiences and talk openly with Niki Scott, Service Participation Lead and Sharon Latchman, Specialist Practitioner about their thoughts, first impressions and what it’s like to work with a therapist. In this discussion, we cover issues such as the importance of trust, confidentiality, how the treatment is agreed and how the therapist supports the young person when things get difficult.

If you are a parent or a young person who is thinking of comming to CAMHS, this could be useful to you…

Episode 1 – Meet the Service User Participation Group

Welcome to the FIRST episode of the CAMHS Talk podcast – and we are so very excited to be able to bring you the very best interviews and discussions between the service professionals and our very knowledgeable service users. We have trawled the internet and (so far) haven’t found another Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) that have brought together their service users and their professionals in this way. This is such a good opportunity for us all to discuss and debate issues around child and adolescent mental health and it’s such a pleasure for us to share this with you.

In this episode, Niki Scott and Aisling Callaghan talk to four service users about the role of the user participation group, the benefits of being part of the group and how they help shape the service. During the discussion, the service users also discuss and reflect on how they have found benefit for themselves in being able to shape the service.

So sit back and listen.. it’s an interesting discussion..

Inbetweenisode – Quick Update!

Just thought I’d give you a quick update about what’s happened so far, what’s in the planning and when we launch (if you don’t know already). Also – If you haven’t found us on Twitter – come over – @CAMHSTalk where you can be part of the conversation..