Hampshire mental health service for children and young people recognised at prestigious national award ceremony

A specialist mental health service in Hampshire has won awards in two categories at the national Children and Young People’s Mental Health Awards 2019.

The awards recognise the innovative ways that services across the country are helping children, young people and families with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), which is provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was shortlisted in two categories at the 2019 awards and received a Highly Commended award for both.

The Hampshire CAMHS Coping and Resilience Education (C.A.R.E) Programme gives young people and families useful tips on mindfulness and relaxation, to help support good mental health. The programme was shortlisted in the Learning and Education category, which recognises a project which works to build resilience in schools with young people, and promotes positive mental health in children and young people in education.

The second award came for the service’s new website for children and young people - www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk. The innovative site was shortlisted in the Digital Innovation category, which recognises a piece of work or digital project to be used by children, young people and organisations to help promote positive mental health.

Lao Cooper, Head of Service for Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, said: “I am so proud and grateful that our services and staff have been recognised at such a prestigious national awards ceremony which highlights the best in mental health services for children and young people across the country.

“Our teams are committed to providing the very best service for the children, young people and families across Hampshire, which includes being innovative and always trying to find new ways to offer vital support. The C.A.R.E Programme and Hampshire CAMHS website are both great examples of this work.”

The awards ceremony took place at Best Western Plus Moat House Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 11 May 2019.

To find out more about the work that Hampshire CAMHS are doing throughout Hampshire, go to www.hampshirecamhs.nhs.uk.