CAMHS Participation: Have your say, explore different opportunities and gain valuable skills. Communicate your experience, thoughts and ideas and help to improve the service. Share your feelings about your care with mental health professionals and management. Everyone has the right to participate in decisions that effect them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Participation?

Participation is about children and young people being involved in decisions that affect them. In CAMHS, this might look like becoming more involved in the decisions about the care and support you receive. Imagine the power of being involved in these conversations and being able to express your views about how the service should be run and being able to offer your views on who is recruited into the service? Here at CAMHS we prioritise young people’s views and where possible encourage you to work in partnership with professionals to support decision making and improve the service. Only you can talk about your experience from your perspective and your voice should be heard.

Why should I give feedback? What's the point?

When you share your feelings and your views you enable potential changes to be made, not just for the improvement of your own experience but for the experience of all young people that we see in CAMHS. Your feedback and your voice are so important and by sharing your experience you can influence the decision-making process and help to bring about change. Overtime this will also mean that as a service we are more responsive to the needs of young people. Giving feedback can also boost self-esteem and confidence while enhancing communication skills.

How do I get involved?

If you’d like to know more information or if you would like to get involved, please contact Johnny or Katie for an informal chat. Alternatively, you can speak to your clinician for more details. We’d really love to hear from you and support you to share your views!