Posted on: 9 November 2022

Meet Joshua. He’s been working with young people for about 30 years.

“I just love that energy and honesty” he says.

“Young people relate and connect to people that are honest with them and somebody that wants to keep learning. Be curious about what you do, and enjoy it – have a sense of humour.”

As the Early Intervention Lead with our Westminster CAMHS team, he does a lot of treatment with dysregulated young people, and those finding it difficult to regulate their emotions.

This can be young people who are self-harming, or young people who are suicidal or have had suicidal attempts.

In this video, Joshua talks about what drives him, and the amazing team around him at Westminster.

“You have to be interested in supporting young people. I wouldn’t say saving them, because I think some young people’s lives are really painful as they are being lived. But it’s a willingness to be with young people on that journey and wanting to interject in a way that’s going to be helpful.”

Joshua’s story forms part of There’s a place for you, a series of films from our CAMHS service.

The series, produced by And Productions, was created with our staff, showing the working and clinical experiences of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

CAMHS is made up of a team of professionals with different skills and backgrounds who work together to provide a range of specialist support to young people and their families, helping with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

In these films, team members from across the service reveal the day-to-day realities of their roles in mental health, highlighting how rewarding their work is, and why they are so passionate about working with young people.

We hope this can help raise awareness of the opportunities a career within CAMHS can offer.

There's a place for you

Here at CNWL, we have a range of opportunities in mental health, community, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more – whatever stage of your career you’re at.

If you've been inspired by Joshua’s story, be part of our fantastic team. View our current vacancies and also take a look the jobs below:

You can find out more about the different professionals involved in a children’s mental health team on our CAMHS service page