Young people's stories
In all our children and young people's (CYP) sevices we are committed to working in partnership with young people and supporting them to share their personal story and their experiences of mental health difficulties.
In a collaborative project with the University of Lincoln we worked with young people who have used CAMHS to create the above video around their experiences of stigma, and their hopes for the future. We hope that this video will raise awareness of mental health stigma to help other young people, and also help train future professionals currently studying at the University of Lincoln.
It's Good To Talk
Rather than keeping any difficulties or feeling bottled up, it’s really important to talk about your feelings and any problems or difficulties you may be feeling. Talking can be a way to cope with or solve a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while.
Above you will see an animation video we co-produced with members of the Lincolnshire Youth Council and Lincolnshire Priory Academy around the importance and the value of talking to people around you.
Ellen - Me and My Autism
Ellen has herself accessed Child and Adolescent Mental health Services (CAMHS) and wants to share her experiences living with Autism and how the condition affects her life. She talks about common misconceptions about autism and how better understanding of the conditions will help reduce stigma.
George - Overcoming OCD
George has accessed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and wants to share his experiences of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). George hopes that, through sharing his experience, he could help other young people who may be struggling feel more hopeful about the future.
George's mother has also written about her experiences of supporting George through therapy in the hope that this will be a help to parents/carers.
'Lived Experience' Blogs and Resources
We recognise the value of young people or parents/ carers with lived experience of mental health and recovery sharing their experiences to support others who may be going through a difficult time with their mental health.
Here you will find some blogs and booklet written by people with lived experience that we hope will help you.
LGBTQ+ Booklet for parents/carers:- Young people at CAMHS got together to share their experiences of coming out and identifying as LGBTQ+. They have since created an LGBTQ+ booklet for parents, with a collection of tips and quotes on how to support your child/young person if they identify as LGBTQ+.
KiKi the Worry Monster Storybook:
This brilliant book was written by a young person alongside her Healthy Minds Practitioner. The storyline features everything she learnt about managing worries in her sessions.