Hello Raythe – “to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud…”

Raythe Harvey, 26, is our new Participation Coordinator for CNWL’s CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health services – in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea.

New to the job, she lives in Harrow and is an Assistant Psychologist by profession and took her degree at the University of Westminster. She’s worked at the Trust before, in the Early Intervention in Psychosis service and also at the National Autism Society, so has a brilliant background for involving people in the service.

This weekend she’s at Carnival for two days, one in a T-shirt throwing chocolate, and another as part of her Samba Club.

“My job is to involve people in the service, about the service, to help us develop it – so I’ll be collecting views and opinions, with loads of data that helps shape thinking and the service. Being psychologically minded helps. A good example is about Did Not Attends, people who miss appointments – so I want to get under what makes people not show-up and that will generate ideas. Another thing I’m keen on – like the Trust – is to have young people on interview panels for CAMHS staff too.”

Is this role a good use of money?

“Definitely – actually I think this will save money. I can head off complaints and help anticipate issues. Mental Health Awareness is a big part of the job too – if schools were more clued up, and taught mental health, real health, in the same way they do with sex education and healthy eating that would save the NHS money too.”

She is working in with all age groups “Technically from age zero, as we work with expectant mums, all the way to 19 years olds”

Maya Angelou is a great inspiration to her, “She had lots to say about being a woman and being treated with respect. Children today can get a bit lost in the world and I’m concentrating on what I can do personally and make this role count.”

A good motto from Maya Angelo would be, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Raythe also reminds of another thing Maya said, “try to be the rainbow in someone’ cloud.”