Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

CAMHS Participation Groups and News

CAMHS Arts and Wellbeing Group

CAMHS Arts and Wellbeing group started in 2021. This group usually meet online on the last Friday of the month. Each time the group meet, they chose a different theme or issue to explore, and take part within an art activity related to this.

Previously we have discussed, stress, sleep, our emotions as well as being able to work alongside external partners.

If you would like to Get Involved, you can find out more and sign up here.

Seasonal Groups

During the holidays, the Arts and Wellbeing group were able to meet in person at The Bridge within Dumfries. Due to lockdown, this was the first time, some group members were meeting each other apart from seeing one another online. Young people have feedback, that making new friendships and gaining peer support has been the best outcomes for them.

Young people, visited Mossburn Animal Sanctuary, where we received a tour by Asha, who is their Animal Assisted Therapist. Young people shared that:

Partnership Working

Our Participation Lead, was given the opportunity to work alongside Youth Work Services, Lifelong Learning Service, Active Schools and NHS Child Healthy Weight Service to co-deliver their Summer Community Roadshows.

This was a great opportunity to visit lots of communities, meet new children, young people and families. We were able to promote our new NHS Dumfries and Galloway CAMHS website and children and young people decorated Kindness Rocks that were hidden for others to find within their local communities.

Our Participation Lead, was invited into Dumfries College during their Wellbeing Week. This was an opportunity to raise awareness of CAMHS Participation opportunities as well as find out from students and staff ‘What makes them happy’ and ‘What things do you like to do to relax after a busy day?


School Workshop's and Assemblies

For this years Children’s Mental Health Week, the theme was “Lets Connect”.

Our CAMHS Participation Lead met with Lochmaben Primary’s Pupil Council. Where she delivered a workshop exploring our Rights and Responsibilities and raising awareness of our CAMHS Participation and Engagement work alongside children, young people and families.

All of the children created their own fantastic individual jigsaw pieces; sharing ‘What Mattered To Them’ and they connected these all together

St Joesph’s College asked if we could come and speak with S1to S6 within their School Assemblies, to raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health Week, this years theme was Let’s Connect, where we were encouraging people to make healthy, rewarding, and meaningful connections.

When we have healthy connections, to family, friends and others, this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing. 

Alison and Maureen from CAMHS were invited by Port William Primary School to come and speak with Primary 1 to 3 and Primary 4 to 7 children about Children’s Health Week. 

We were talking about our similarities and differences, our feelings and emotions, our rights and responsibilities and sharing the ‘Be Kind’ animation. Fantastic monsters designed and beautiful jigsaw pieces produced.

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