Online mental health support for children and young people
A brand new website is now up and running offering advice and information for young people with mental health issues in Dorset, as well as their relatives or carers.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) site has been produced by Dorset HealthCare and designed in partnership with young service users and their families,
Replacing the old ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ site, it provides a one-stop-shop for anyone needing help and advice with stress, anxiety, eating disorders and other mental health issues.
It is much easier to use and navigate, is mobile-friendly, and features a lot more content – including videos developed by people with lived experience of these problems.
As well as signposting young people to the support they might need, there are also sections aimed at parents and carers, as well as health/social care professionals (including how to make a referral to CAMHS), plus details of what the service can provide.
There is also a feedback form where people can give views on the site and how it could be improved.
Local GPs, schools, charities and support groups have been helping to spread the word about the site, which has had more than 7,000 visits in its first few weeks.
Stuart Lynch, CAMHS manager at Dorset HealthCare, said:
“We would like to thank all the young people who contributed their time and experience to the development of this project. Their guidance and feedback made all the difference. Hopefully we will see the website develop and grow as we receive further feedback from the children, young people, parents and carers who use it.”
The website is available at https://camhsdorset.org/Latest news