The HSE has launched a suite of videos that will help provide clarity on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services in Ireland. Produced in partnership with national youth organisation – SpunOut, a total of 16 videos were created including an animated video designed to give a clear overview of Who’s Who in a CAMHS Team. The other videos were put together with people working within the CAMHS services to give introductory information on how it fits within wider mental health services, information on waiting lists and the routes and pathways for referrals.
CAMHS is a specialist service for people under 18 with mental health difficulties that affect their thoughts, feelings and behaviours every day. Some conditions treated in CAMHS include moderate to severe depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm. For young people using the service the videos also explain more about attendance at CAMHS, and what happens when you leave.
Speaking at the launch HSE Assistant National Director of Mental Health Operations Jim Ryan said “ We know that accessing any Mental Health services can be daunting for both young people and their parents or guardians. While CAMHS is a specialised service for a small percentage of the population we wanted to provide clarity on what young people can expect if and when they use the service. Youth Mental Health is very much a priority for the HSE and this is one of a few initiatives we are working on this year in line with recommendations from the Youth Mental Health Task Force.”
MC at the launch of the videos in the Lighthouse Cinema, Executive Director for SpunOut, Ian Power said “ We were delighted to partner with the HSE to produce these videos. We know it can be confusing for young people around the different Mental Health services available and how to go about accessing the right ones. Producing these videos with people that actually work directly in CAMHS means we were able to provide answers to the real questions that young people have. And having the videos viewed by young people currently using the CAMHS services, during the process, was invaluable in making sure the information we were providing was clear and to the point.”
The videos can be found on a dedicated information page on yourmentalhealth.ie