At least one in ten children and young people has a diagnosable mental health issue, and with the demand for professional help rising, services are struggling to cope. MedEquip4Kids provides resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) that are no longer available from overstretched NHS funding.  These resources include toys, books, games, and communication aids to help children express and understand their feelings.

Ben* was ten when his beloved grandma died. Soon afterwards, he started worrying about his mum, who has health problems too. Ben was so anxious that she would die too that he wouldn’t leave her. He stopped attending school and became withdrawn and isolated.  Eventually he was referred to his local CAMHS. There staff used a board game and emotion cards provided by MedEquip4Kids to help Ben to identify his feelings and talk about his anxiety. Ben and his mum used workbooks to help him understand the impact of losing his grandma and to manage his anxiety. As a result, and with his mum’s support, Ben was able to cope with returning to school.

MedEquip4Kids will continue to fund these vital resources and support more children like Ben. In the coming months, we’ll be supporting services in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Hampshire, Oxford, London, Scotland and Wales

*We changed Ben’s name to protect his identity.