A focus on children and young people’s mental health

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust updates on ambitious plans for a proposed new centre.

centre for children mental healthIn the last few months, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has been meeting with many local senior stakeholders to explore working together to transform the future mental health of children and young people.

In May, an event was held with 70 of key partners in the ORTUS at Denmark Hill [pictured], chaired by Matthew Patrick from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Emily Simonoff from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) and 18-year-old Mercy Ayesha Alohan-Eke.

Attendees heard presentations from four local boroughs on the challenges they face around mental health and young people, and there was an inspiring discussion full of ideas about how attendees could work collectively to help deliver a step-change for young people.

Future events include An art-themed workshop in August at the Bethlem Gallery, where there will be a day of fun activities led by two local artists, Sarah Carpenter and Alexandra Leigh.  The event will give young people a chance to express their creative side and will also include a tour of the museum and a picnic on the grounds of the hospital.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the IoPPN and the Maudsley Charity are together committed to funding an ambitious programme of work focusing on children and young people’s mental health. The partnership aims to generate public and philanthropic support and is currently engaged in a range of fundraising activities and developing a  fundraising appeal. 

Any staff interested in getting involved in this fundraising effort, for example by holding local events or through fundraising challenges, get in touch through the website or contact the team at info@supportslam.org.uk.

The King’s Health Partners Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinical Academic Group includes local, national, specialist outpatient and inpatient services.

King’s Health Partners Mind & Body is committed to joining up mental and physical healthcare, training and research to improve health outcomes for our patients and service users.