The Foundation has supported MedEquip4Kids since 2009 through grants totalling over £11,000 for equipment and toys. MedEquip4Kids has been able to provide much-needed equipment, books and resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Overall in 2016-17, MedEquip4Kids supported 54 CAMHS teams across the UK, delivering resources to a total value of £30,660. These resources are used on a daily basis to benefit children with a range of difficulties, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, OCD, and autism.
Katie* was 13 when she lost her father to suicide. Katie came to CAMHS experiencing severe anxiety and depression. The craft equipment we provided was used to engage with her, the pens and rolls of paper were used in her therapy, and the Coping Cat workbook was used to help with her anxiety.
Katie is still being seen by CAMHS, but she is now functioning in a much better place. Katie is ABLE to attend school full time, she has friends, and she has recently started participating in volunteer work for St. John’s Ambulance.
Three-quarters of all mental illness begins before the age of 18, so early intervention and care is crucial. MedEquip4Kids is continuing to work with CAMHS across the UK to ensure they are equipped with everything they need to support the one in ten children like Katie who are experiencing mental health problems.
*We changed Katie’s name to protect her identity