The Switch

The Switch was an exciting project that matched volunteer mentors with young people who were living with mental health issues like depression, anxiety or self-harm.

Mentors used their skills and experience to support those young people as they transferred 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 gave five hours a month to meet up with their mentee, going out for coffee or enjoying a hobby together. Mentoring relationships lasted for 6 to 12 months and full training was given.

The Switch was been funded by The Maudsley Charity and worked closely with CAMHS across London who referred 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