23 October 2015

Liverpool CAMHS celebrates World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day celebrations attracted hundreds of people over the weekend.

Joining various mental health charities and organisations in Williamson Square and throughout the city centre, Liverpool CAMHS partners hosted interactive stalls encouraging people to look at their mental health and how they can improve it.

Merseyside Youth Association’s Fun With Food For Wellbeing featured an afternoon of engaging activities for parents, carers, children and young people aged 5-14.

Leigh Horner, (pictured below) participation worker from MYA’s mental health promotion team explains: “The afternoon was a huge success, promoting positive physical and mental health to parents and children.

“Whilst parents and carers enjoyed free workshops featuring relaxation techniques as well as offering advice for parent and children’s wellbeing, children and young people took part in a range of activities including art and craft, music and drama, as well as interactive cooking sessions.”

Staff and volunteers from CAMHS partners, Alder Hey (Specialist CAMHS), Mersey Care NHS, Barnardo’s, ADDvanced Solutions and Young People’s Advisory Service were encouraging people to think about their own mental health and what makes them happy.

Here you can watch how ADDvanced Solutions celebrated with an open day at The Black-E.

Dr Simon Lewis, (pictured below) Assistant Clinical Lead/Principal Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool Specialist CAMHS said: “It was fantastic to see so many people of all ages acknowledging that they have mental health and to spread the word about the support available through Liverpool CAMHS.”

Open Mic Night at Merseyside Youth Association

As part of world mental health day, we had celebrations running throughout the month – one being an open mic night, hosted by the CAMHS Partnership and the Noise Project at MYA. The event was a great turn out, with approximately 60 people turning up from the CAMHS Partnership, SPACE & Noise project, schools across the city, and members of the general public wanting to take part.

“All the acts were absolutely amazing, with a mix of singers, spoken word acts, bands, young people playing instruments, and the atmosphere was electric with people dancing in the crowds and young people supporting each other throughout the entire evening – even asking when the next one would be!” said Leigh Horner. 

“A massive well done to all young people that took part, and also to the Noise Project at MYA for supporting and promoting the event, leading it to be a great success with more to come.”