New videos shed light on child mental health services.
If your child has been referred to mental health services, it can be a worrying and uncertain time.
You and your child will probably have lots of questions – What will happen? What can I expect? Who will I speak to?
To make the experience easier, a series of informative new videos has been produced to help you navigate your way through child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
The Drive Series consists of six videos. In each video, an occupational therapist, psychiatrist, nurse, psychologist, and social worker explain what they do and how they help young people. In the final video, a family talks about their experience with an eating disorder.
Drive Series producer Dion Howard says he wants the videos to demystify CAMHS services and give people a heads up on the kind of people they might meet and what they can expect.
“The purpose of the videos is to decrease people’s sense of uncertainty they might have. We wanted to present a friendly face and for people to have an understanding of what it is CAMHS actually do,” Dion says.
Videos remove mystique around services
The videos, which are presented by Paraparaumu College head boy Harris Sciascia, were developed for Werry Workforce Whāraurau, a national centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health.
“The videos are easily digestible, appealing and remove the mystique surrounding youth mental health services. We begin each video by explaining what each person does in their job. For example, we found a lot of young people didn’t know exactly what a psychiatrist did. Hopefully, by explaining what each person does, a young person will feel better about seeing that provider.”
Dion also works as a registered nurse for Capital and Coast District Health Board as a dialectical behavioural therapist.
“We want to demystify mental health services, rather than shrouding them in layers of anonymity. We’re taking away the unknown, scary factor and by using real people in the videos, it makes it way more relatable.”
Dion is working on a second series, due out in December, which looks at different kinds of therapies that are available.
“I hope that after watching these videos, young people feel reassured there are caring places they can go where they can get help.”