The Switch is an exciting new project that matches volunteer mentors with young people who are living with mental health issues like depression, anxiety or self-harm.
Mentors use their skills and experience to support these young people as they transfer from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services, or begin an adult life independent of mental health services.
This is a transition that can leave young people feeling uncertain and overwhelmed. Support from a mentor at this time can make a huge difference to their emotional well-being.
Mentors give five hours a month to meet up with their mentee, maybe going out for coffee or enjoying a hobby together. Mentoring relationships last for 6 to 12 months and full training is given.
The Switch has been funded by South London and Maudsley (SLaM) Charitable Funds and we are working closely with CAMHS across London who refer young people to the project.
“This project really supports young people in their recovery at a vital point in their lives when they are moving from CAMHS to adult services. Often services and familiar workers are changing around them. The mentor provides continuity and support in accessing 'normal' community services.”
CAMHS Care Coordinator - Lewisham