We are a group of parents and carers whose children are suffering from mental health problems and receiving care from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), of Oxford Health. We are a small group who formed in the Autumn of 2012 as, whilst there are established networks and support groups for carers of adults, there was nothing specifically aimed at those caring for their children and young people, which comes with its own unique set of issues, feelings and family dynamics.
We are still a small group and we are in the stages of establishing our precise roles; however we are clear that our overarching aims are to contribute to the shaping of services within CAMHS in as constructive and positive way as possible. Alongside this we would like to become a group of people who can support each other and other parents and carers in situations similar to ours: no one else can quite understand what caring for a child with mental health problems can be like.
We would like for more parent and carers to be in touch with us and share their experiences, good or bad. We meet monthly and we keep in touch in between times; there is no obligation to attend the meetings! Any involvement however much or little is just as valid and as welcome.
If you are interested, please contact Donna MacKenzie.