February Mental Health Briefing 
Have your say about CAMHS in West Berkshire
We are currently running a survey to find out what parents experience of Child and Adult Mental Health services (CAMHS) has been like during Covid.
HERE or on the images above and below to share your views in our short anonymous survey.  

BBC launches Headroom - content on mental health to help everyone cope with the challenges of lockdown

Looking after our mental health is more important than ever.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on our mental health and the public’s resilience continues to be tested through this lockdown.

People are finding it tough, loneliness has risen
 from 10 percent of UK adults in March to 25 percent in November and the proportion who say they are coping well with the stress of the pandemic has fallen steadily, from almost three quarters in April to 62 percent in November.

Headroom is a dedicated online resource that recognises the impact the pandemic is having on everyone’s mental health; a toolkit for the mind to help people look after themselves with practical everyday tips, inspiring personal stories, activities and music mixes to boost your mood, escape and relax.

here to read more details, or click the image above to watch a short 17 second video clip introducing Headroom.

Recovery in mind free online courses
Recovery in Mind is a community organisation, where adults living in West Berkshire get the opportunity to learn life long skills and tools to improve and manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Their friendly trainers cover course topics such as; self-compassion, positive thinking, creativity for recovery and 5 Ways to Wellbeing to name but a few.

Due to the lockdown Recovery in Mind are currently running their free courses online and termly.

here or on the image above to read the details, find out what courses are available and to find out how to register.
Berkshire independent mental health service
placed into special measures
The Care Quality Commission has rated Huntercombe Hospital – Maidenhead, in Berkshire, as Inadequate and placed it into special measures following an inspection. The service was previously rated Good overall.

Huntercombe Hospital - Maidenhead provides specialist child and adolescent mental health inpatient service (CAMHS), including psychiatric intensive care for young people.

CQC’s Head of Hospital inspection (and lead for mental health), Karen Bennett-Wilson, said:

“The care provided at Huntercombe Hospital - Maidenhead fell well below the standard that young people should expect to receive. During our inspection, we found a number of serious concerns about the standard of care provided and the risks this posed to young people.

“We found that the service was not ensuring the safety of those in its care. Service leaders had not picked up a number of the issues that had led to the inspection, or several of those identified during our inspection, so had not acted to effectively minimise the risk of harm to young people."

HERE or on the image above to read more details.

If you have been to this hospital and have feedback to share with us, then please get in touch here. We are eager to know what your experience has been like. 
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