Welcome to the 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust CAMHS page. That’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

So what is this all about? Mental Health affects us all and is important to us all. It’s about being able to enjoy friendships and personal relationships, about being able to learn to cope with difficulties to the best of your ability and it’s about believing in yourself.

We all go through difficult times; we feel anxious or angry or sad; sometimes other people get us down. That’s part of life and learning how to cope. Sometimes these things get to young people alot and you feel overwhelmed. You forget your own important skills.

Some problems go away pretty quickly and we carry on. But if they are unidentified or ignored they tend to get bigger and cause even more distress, not only for young people, but for families, carers, and friends.

The problems that go on and on seem to take over and there’s a change in you, in your usual behaviour, your emotions or your thoughts. Sometimes anxiety and depression are severe and frequent enough to take over everyday life.

People then feel isolated; that no-one gets it and that they can never cope.

But we do learn to cope. Most of us learn how to read, to swim, to ride a bike, to use a mobile phone – so we can surely learn a lot of other new things.

Watching the videos is a start. These tell us that we are not alone — that a lot of other people (up to one in ten) feel overwhelmed and isolated by their distress.

Maybe someone in the videos has described a feeling you have? Young people tell us that it helps to know about someone else’s story and to find out how they learned to cope. Watch the video, learn about CAMHS, learn what makes a difference and proudly tell the world who you are.

As James mentioned earlier in his video you can view a short film based around the day in the life of a young person with mental health problems produced by our Investing in Children group from Halton CAMHS . The film, entitled ‘You’re Not Alone’, was designed to reflect the young peoples’ experience of coming to our service and of meeting other young people with similar experiences. You can view this video by clicking here.

Click on 'Making a Video' for more information on how to upload your own video.

 

*** When uploading your video please do not make the settings private/unlisted otherwise your video won’t be able to be viewed on the site ***

Our young people have always told us that feeling alone and not understood is one of the worst things. The people in these videos feel that if they share their feelings, they will help spread the word that mental health concerns are very real and that we have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

Sometimes it helps just to be able to say it; sometimes you will find others who have been in the same situation and can advise you how they coped and how they have gone on to feel important again.

To share your feelings here is not for everybody. This is totally up to you. Think about it; would it help you? Might it help others? Talk to your family about it if you want.

You might find that this is the first step in changing things for you.

Of course, you may also feel that you would like to speak to someone in CAMHS about things. We have also put our videos on here for you to see us and what we do.

There’s a very good Young Persons’ guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services at www.CAMHS4u.org.uk. Do take a look and see if it answers your questions. You can also visit the 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website to find out the CAMHS in your area.

*** When uploading your video please do not make the settings private/unlisted otherwise your video won’t be able to be viewed on the site ***

If you would like to share your story to help others, then we would like to put it on our website.

Tips

Remember that:

  • You don’t have to show your face on the video if you don’t want to
  • You should not give any personal information out. For example, never include your full name or any contact details
  • You shouldn’t name other people without them knowing about it

You can upload a video to the 5BP YouTube Channel. When you upload it you will be asked who you would like to see the video. There are three options:

  1. Let everyone see the video and let everyone comment on it
  2. Let everyone see the video, but no one can comment on it
  3. Only let people you give a link to see the video

We strongly recommend that you click the third option. We will then be sent the link so only the people at 5BP can see your video. We will then look at it, and if we think that you are not saying anything that could get you into trouble, we will put it on to our website.

When you upload the video, you will also be asked to fill in a form. If you are under 16 you need to get a parent or guardian to sign it, if you are over 16 then you can sign it. The form says that we are allowed to see the video and put it on our website.

*** When uploading your video please do not make the settings private/unlisted otherwise your video won’t be able to be viewed on the site ***

Find out more about…

How to look after you

Talk to someone
This could be anyone: a teacher, parent, friend or someone else. All that matters is that they are someone you can open up to and trust.

Don’t be alone
Although your room might feel like a safe place, surrounding yourself with friends or family will help with loneliness and sadness.

Think positive
List all the things you like about yourself and the things people have told you they like about you.

Face your problems
Make a list of all your problems. Picture yourself coping with these problems. Think about how you can deal with them and what you can control.

Take a break
Do something you enjoy, whatever that is.

Stay active
Exercise can make you feel happier and more confident. It doesn’t matter what you do: the most important thing is to find something that makes you feel good.

Eat well
Eat three regular meals a day, and drink plenty of water. It’s surprising how much eating well can affect your mood.

Help others
Volunteer for an organisation that interests or inspires you. Helping others will make you feel valued.

Avoid drugs and alcohol
These cause more problems than they solve.

For more information, visit the Five Boroughs website and see our Local Links page.

Eating Disorder

Sometimes the things we enjoy, like eating, are the things we reject when we are feeling bad about ourselves.

If eating is a problem for you then it is important you get help straight away.

Please talk to a friend, family member or anyone else you feel you can open up to.  Alternatively, you could get in touch with your GP or one of the organisations on this website.

For more information, visit the Five Boroughs website and see our Local Links page.

Depression

Depression occurs when sad feelings do not go away, and when they overwhelm you.

Remember you are not alone. Depression is a common problem and can be overcome.

Talk to someone who you trust and can help. Your GP, or sometimes school nurse, will be able to advise you about what help is available and to arrange a referral to the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

In the meantime, treat yourself well: think about how you would look after a friend who was down. Take a look at our ‘How to look after you’ section for some ideas.

For more information, visit the Five Boroughs website and see our Local Links page.

Stress and Anxiety

Everyone feels stressed or worried sometimes. Sometimes feeling a little anxious or worried can help with motivation for school work, exams or other events.

When life gets tough, there are things you can try to help yourself.

  • Make a list of all the things that are making you feel stressed, and write down all the things you could do to tackle each problem,step by step
  • Give yourself more time to get used to any changes at home or at school: it’s natural to feel anxious sometimes
  • Get support from friends and family: often, reassurance from another person can help to put your mind at rest
  • Take a look at the ‘How to look after you’ section for some more ideas

However, if you feel as though the stress is getting so bad that you can’t see a way out, it is important to talk to someone. You don’t have to suffer alone.

  • It is important to talk to someone if:
  • You feel so desperate that you think about stopping school, running away or harming yourself
  • You feel low, sad, tearful or that life isn’t worth living
  • You lose your appetite
  • You find it difficult to sleep
  • You have feelings and thoughts that are hard to talk about because you feel people might think you are odd
  • You are avoiding seeing your friends, going out, or doing things you used to enjoy
  • You are using drugs or alcohol to block out the feelings

Your GP or school nurse can help. They may send you to see someone from the local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

For more information, visit the Five Boroughs website and see our Local Links page.

Self Harm

For some people self-harm seems to be the only way of dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, bullying, or any other problems.  Self-harm includes cutting, burning, taking tablets or drinking alcohol.

You may feel helpless and that self-injury makes you feel better.  It may relieve the tension and make you feel more alive, or it may seem like a way to punish yourself when things have gone wrong.

These are very serious concerns and it is important to remember that what might make sense at the time is not a long term solution.

Self-harm often happens away from other people as a private way of coping.  Although it might be hard, speaking to someone you can trust can help with how you are feeling.

Your GP can refer you to your local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Everyone who has taken an overdose, or tried to kill themselves, needs an urgent assessment by a doctor as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the Five Boroughs website and see our Local Links page.

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  • Anonymous March 6, 2014 8:02 pm

    I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thanks, I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your web site?
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  • ashley Smith September 5, 2013 8:56 am

    Hi
    I am the Manager of Warrington’s Families Information Service and we manage monitor and develop a youth website http://www.warringtonchildren.org
    and i would like to have this link on this website as a local link to support services which are availble to young people.
    I am also looking to promote this website on both the websites we manage (www.warringtonchildren.org is the other website we manage and develope)and on the newsreel on the youth site

    Please reply to me on the attached email address excellant service available to young people in a way whcih is accessible suitbale and appealing to young people today

  • Lindsay September 4, 2013 7:43 pm

    Brilliant poem by Sarah, very moving and very true! x

  • Jo September 4, 2013 9:22 am

    Thank you Sarah for your Depression video really excellent video, thanks again.

  • Alma Sheren August 5, 2013 1:45 pm

    Hi, I think this is a great initiative, very engaging! Will you be putting this forward into the Innovative use of Technology/Social Media category at this year’s PEN National Awards? We usually have work submitted by 5 boroughs but I don’t believe we have had anything like this put forward yet…I think this really stands out as a very strong entry and we would love to see this at the awards. Please call or email me if you would like to consider entering it. 01223 911988. many thanks, Alma – Project Co-ordinator

  • Sophie Ellis July 30, 2013 2:42 pm

    Hi, just watched this video and it’s fantastic! Very powerful and cleverly done, really gets the message across. Well done!

  • joanne.waldron2@5bp.nhs.uk July 16, 2013 1:55 pm

    Hi Amanda, thank you for the video! It’s really brave of you to share your story so openly and you are sending out a really positive message to other young people who are going through similar difficulties, so thank you very much for sharing this with us.

  • Steve F July 1, 2013 4:02 pm

    Thank you to all of you who have viewed the site and been inspired to share your stories. I am constantly amazed and impressed by our young people; your courage and resilience are awesome.

  • joanne.waldron2@5bp.nhs.uk June 24, 2013 8:43 am

    Excellent video from the Young people at the Thorn Road clinic, thank you.

  • Majella June 14, 2013 9:22 pm

    The videos has helped me understand am not alone haven depression aniexty and all SH ? And helps me understand its okay to feel the way I am ? Thanks helped me a lot ?

  • Chris Smith June 12, 2013 8:50 am

    I think this website is really good,it was good to see how different people coped with their illnesses and for me to understand that it is possible to come out of the other side!

  • Emma Williamson June 3, 2013 6:18 pm

    Hi, just a quick note to say that the links for the royal college of psychiatry young people’s pages on your local and national links tabs are not working. It looks like the page has maybe been moved or deleted.

    • joanne.waldron2@5bp.nhs.uk June 17, 2013 8:17 am

      Hi thanks for this, but they seem to be working at my end, could you re check? thanks again.

  • Kerri Jones June 2, 2013 1:15 pm

    Great website I really love how its done using service users’ real stories! Great work, keep it up! x

  • Joanne Waldron May 30, 2013 8:24 am

    Hi Georgie, thank you so much for this video its really brave and good of you to talk so openly about your journey. Thank you again.

  • Joanne Moore May 23, 2013 11:51 am

    I think this website is excellent and its great for young people to come together to discuss their journeys with mental health issues! I wish something like this was around when I was younger.

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