Starting a conversation about our mental health can be difficult. That is why for our children and young people, it is so important that they can turn to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as a trusted friend to listen, guide and support them.
Talking therapies can come in many different forms, all with the collective aim of supporting our children and young people to talk about things that matter to them. Mental health affects every child and young person differently and that’s why it’s so important that they and their families to seek out professional support at Alder Hey in appropriate facilities.
Many children and young people require regular one to one support, to work through any challenges they face with our mental health staff.
For other young people, group therapies and peer support can help young people to understand their diagnosis, give them confidence and reduce feelings of isolation, improving their mental wellbeing and recovery.
We also want to develop the way we use play and creativity as a way of opening channels of communication, providing a unique, child-centred and joined up approach throughout Alder Hey and our communities.
Read our patient stories:
7 in 10 children do not access the support they need early enough. We know that by developing the facilities and services needed, Alder Hey can change the future of children’s mental health. We can provide the listening ear that is urgently needed in child-friendly surroundings where we can hold these conversations. Together we can help to build a brighter future for children and young people.
Lydia was almost 16 when she was referred into community mental health services after visiting her GP, presenting with worries and behaviours that were constantly escalating. These behaviours made her feel very isolated, anxious and fearful. An appointment with a mental health practitioner and psychiatrist followed where Lydia began medication in order to get her to a point where she could then access talking therapies. She was diagnosed with OCD, anxiety and depression. Lydia says the diagnose was a relief to her and marked the start of a long recovery. She believes she will always live with OCD but doesn’t believe her diagnosis controls her. Lydia says she has learnt ways to live a more normal life, and was so inspired by her experiences at Alder Hey that she has now started training as a paediatric nurse.
“I was really excited to be a part of the campaign to promote mental health well-being for children and young people and the services available here at Alder Hey. Never Give Up stands out to me from this campaign, no matter how much you may be struggling - help is available. You are braver than you think, talk to someone and never give up."
Our Appeal launched in Spring 2020 headed by Appeal Ambassador Shirley Ballas - read more now.