Friday, 14 August 2015

Lights! Camera! Action! CAMHS staff and service users shoot new videos

Staff and service users from our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) took part in a number of workshops during August at the West Yorkshire Playhouse to create videos for the new CAMHS website.

Below is an email received by the service from the mother of one service user after the workshops sharing her experiences.
 I just wanted to say thank you for the last two days. C.E. has come home glowing both days, but she was on cloud 9 after yesterday! Thanks for telling Annie you were impressed with C.E.. Annie has helped C.E. so much since she took over her case in November and has worked so hard to build her confidence and self-esteem again. She will be so pleased to know how well it went. 
I'm sure you gain so much in your job from seeing young people begin to recover from difficult times & would share my happiness in seeing the change in C.E. since CAMHS took her under their wing just over a year ago. She was a very different girl in a very dark place and she has come such a long way in her recovery. Doing something like this has helped so much with her confidence and self-belief and she is starting to realise she has a lot to offer. I can't tell you how good that makes me feel as her mum because it gives me so much hope for the future.
This is why C.E. wanted to do the project so much. She wanted to thank CAMHS for helping her and is interested in helping other young people. I knew she would enjoy the video project from what Annie had said, but she has absolutely loved it. She has new friends and is going to join the WYP youth theatre in September. Best of all she is happy that she made such a good impression and I know she is proud that she could share her story and experiences. I think that is amazing - such a fantastic example and a great way to break down the stigma of mental illness. I couldn't be prouder of C.E. 
Thank you again for a brilliant project. I wanted you to know how grateful I am. 
Best wishes, Mum of C.E.
Click here to find out more about the work of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). 


  1. Thank you so much for your kind words, it means so much to the CAMH service. The workshop was challenging but so much fun, and all the young people were a pleasure to work with. C.E. is so kind, funny and giving, a truly wonderful young lady with so much potential.

  2. What a lovely message. It was an honour to work with such a great group of young people.

  3. Great to hear how far your daughter has come in the past year. I'm sure CAMHS staff will agree that you and your daughter also had a huge part to play in the recovery process. Best wishes to you and the CAMHS Team.

  4. Thank you all for your comments.It is important to recognise the hard work of people like yourselves and I am touched that my email has meant so much to you. CAMHS is a lifeline to young people and their families. Keep up the good work, because you are really making a difference and we are so grateful. Mum of C.E. xxxx

  5. Hi this is C.E here, just wanted to say that everything CAMHS has done for me has probably saved my life. I owe everything to everyone involved, I think you are all an inspiration and what you do should be recognised by everyone! Everyday when I wake up I am overwhelmed with relief that I made it. Another beautiful day that I am able to witness and appreciate due to the work you all do. I think my mum managed to some up the effect my recovery has had on the people around me too. I am the person I am because of CAMHS. You are all beautiful people, I owe you everything.

  6. Thank you so much C.E. and mum of C.E.. Your comments and feedback have been very much needed and welcomed by the team. They brought a huge smile to the faces of everyone who read them :o)

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