Worthing children's psychiatrist in the running for prestigious national award

A children's psychiatrist based in Worthing has been nominated for a prestigious national award for the second year running.

Dr Ramya Mohan, Consultant Psychiatrist at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Qualified Educational Supervisor with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery, has been shortlisted in the Psychiatric Communicator of the Year category at the 2020 Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards. 

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services to children, young people and adults across Sussex and Hampshire.

Ramya is an accomplished composer, musician, performer, artist, speaker and writer, who uses music and the arts in innovative ways to support children and young people through mental health challenges. She creatively communicates mental health awareness with communities worldwide, on prestigious platforms such as the UK Houses of Parliament, TEDx and High Commission of India Culture. 

She has contributed to international community development across Europe and Asia where she has conceptualised and led projects, worked extensively with the media and voluntary sector, trained mental health professionals and educators across the UK and India, and provided expert guidance and consultative support to many charities in the UK and abroad. 

Speaking about her award nomination, Ramya said: "It was a very pleasant surprise to be shortlisted for a second time running. This is a great honour and privilege.

"To have been nominated in the category ‘Psychiatric Communicator of the Year’ means so much because in my work I am always trying to find new ways to communicate and help support vulnerable children, adolescents and families with their mental health. An example of this is the novel evidence-based therapeutic technique I developed called CAPE: Creative Arts for Processing Emotions® with users across the world.

"I do a lot of mental health awareness work creatively through various media: art exhibitions, music shows and communicating mental health messages through my art, song and creative projects, as well as expert talks and invited authorships, all centred around the theme of child and adolescent mental health. The last year has seen an evolution of that in terms of taking it to educational institutions abroad, getting feedback from user groups and working on an integrated mental health platform." 

Ramya’s work has physically spanned the UK, Ireland, Europe and India over the past year, with a global online reach.

Dr Rick Fraser, Chief Medical Officer for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are thrilled and proud that for the second year in a row one of our esteemed CAMHS Psychiatrists, Dr Ramya Mohan, has been nominated for this award which is fantastic for her and the service. Over the past few months, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ramya and the team have worked tirelessly to ensure effective commination has been central in their work, which has been so important given all the challenges we have faced. We are proud to count Ramya amongst our clinical team at Sussex Partnership."

Ramya, who had to spend the Covid-19 lockdown period in India, creatively pioneered a workable transcontinental NHS Telemedicine model for the Worthing CAMHS clinic with the support of her team and the Trust. 

She added: “There has been an increased need for child and adolescent mental health services over the last few months and using technology to manage safe, effective and sustainable service provision has been an invaluable process of learning, implementation and progress in mental healthcare provision."

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are an annual award ceremony which recognises the highest level of achievements in the psychiatry sector. The winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony in November.

To find out more about Ramya, her work and upcoming events go to www.ramyamohan.com.