CWP’s CAMHS ‘crew’ – challenging stigma on World Mental Health Day

It has been a few weeks now since World Mental Health Day (WMHD) and the CAMHS ‘Crew’ thought it was about time we gave you all some feedback on the day.

What we did

It was an early start with us all meeting at Mill Street at 7:45am before our first trip of the day.  We had worked really hard the night before making sure we were all happy with our presentation, and felt as ready as we could be for the challenge ahead!

At Middlewich High School we were met by the Deputy Head Teacher, Clare Holmes who welcomed us to the school and before we knew it we were standing in front of nearly 700 students and teachers talking to them about mental health and the challenges faced by young people.  We were all incredibly nervous but determined to get our message across.  

Our next visit of the day was unfortunately cancelled at the very last minute (more on that later) so instead we were able to speak to the Crewe 0-16 Team, showing them what we had been working so hard on over the past few weeks and demonstrating just how much we have achieved. 

  

After a trip back to Mill Street for lunch, we were  back onto the mini bus for our third and final visit of the day; to Sandbach Girl’s School where we spoke to Year 10/11 health and social care students.

 Although our visit to Eaton Bank Academy in Congleton was cancelled on WMHD, we were invited back to speak to their sixth form students.  We couldn’t all give the presentation this time, however, two of us were able to visit the school spending nearly an hour talking to the students.

What did we achieve?

  • we spoke to over 800 young people across East Cheshire, raising mental health awareness and challenging stigma. 
  • everyone was given a small card with details of how to get support within their own school, plus information about websites and other sources of additional support and advice.
  • we showed the amazing Time to Change video ‘The Stand Up Kid’ to highlight the stigma faced by young people with mental health difficulties.
  • one school has made a commitment to talk about mental health regularly within their individual tutor groups to help raise awareness and challenge stigma.
  • we had an amazing day and now have excellent presentation skills!

We really want to continue speaking to local schools and colleges, and with one new invite for a visit in February and other schools contacting us, we really think we can make a difference.

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