"Crazy mutant teenagers"

About: Nottingham North & East / Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – Community(County)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Throughout the group, we learnt how to distract ourselves using mindfulness, self soothe, and many other distraction techniques, such as touching, feeling, listening, smelling and tasting raisins, dance therapy, using the space room, throwing marshmallows at each other and colouring to distract ourselves from thoughts

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Response from Samantha Sykes, CAMHS Operational Manager / Clinical Nurse Specialist, Head 2 Head Team., Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Thank you Trevor the Owl for your feedback about the self harm group (that was run for young people over a 10 week period September – December 2012).

The staff that ran the group are really pleased that you remembered some of the distraction and mindfulness techniques taught. And for being such a creative and fun group of young people to work with. We hope your posting will encourage other young people to attend future groups.

Good luck all of you!

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