Graffiti wall proves popular way for children to feed back

A wall of comments has become a hit at a local young persons’ mental health centre.

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The team at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) centre near Totnes originally put up a small whiteboard for children to write their feedback about any aspect of the service. When that board became too full the plan was to wipe it clean and start over. The team noticed that the huge glass wall in the office’s main entrance would be perfect for fresh comments.

The wall was equipped with plenty of pens so that everybody who wanted to had a chance to leave a comment, from young people to visitors and staff. The wall has been filling up with inspirational comments that have really lifted the spirits of the team and everybody visiting the centre. “Visitors love filling the wall with their comments,” said Cindy Willcocks, Area Manager for South Devon CAMHS and Devon Early Help for Mental Health.

The CAMHS Service is part of Devon Integrated Children’s Service (ICS), which is run by Virgin Care, and the Dartington centre helps children and young people up to the age of 18 who experience mental health difficulties.

Chloe, who uses the service, said: “I love the wall and it’s a great way to feed back my thoughts.”

The team has taken photos of the wall so that the great comments will not be forgotten. Once the wall is cleaned young people and parents who visit the centre will be able to fill it up again with their thoughts.

Practice Manager Val Clayton who runs the centre for Virgin Care said: “The children love filling in the wall with all sorts of messages. We let them write whatever is on their mind and everyone who visits is really interested in the wall.”

 

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For more information please contact Marcus Evans, 020 7380 1789, Marcus.Evans@virgincare.co.uk.

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