Oxleas film premiere at Woolwich Tramshed

A film made by young people to help explain the work of our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) was premiered last week at the Tramshed in Woolwich.

It is estimated that 11,235 children between the ages of 5-16 has a diagnosed mental health disorder across Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

The aim of the film, which you can see above, is to empower and inform young people who are new to CAMHS and encourage them to attend their first appointment with the service. DVDs of the film will be sent out to all young people when they are first referred to our CAMHS services.

We commissioned the film and it was made by Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre and YoungMinds, with the involvement of young people who have experienced CAMHS themselves.

Erin Wright, VIK Regional Worker at YoungMinds, who came up with the idea for the film said: “For many young people the first appointment is the most nerve-wracking. This can often lead to young people being too scared to attend and get the help they need.

“Young people who have had the experience of using these services have taken a lead role in producing the film. It is hoped that their voice will provide comfort to those who might be wary of using mental health services for the first time.” 

At the launch event Claire Newby, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre's Participation Manager, who project managed the production with Erin said: "Lots of people receive a referral letter but don't come to their appointment. This film is to try and break down the barriers that stop them. The young people did the research and then we used their words and thoughts to make a film which tells you what they wanted to know about CAMHS." 

Published on 14th March 2013