An online window into the world of Thorneywood

06/06/2014 by Amy Gaskin-Williams

The Thorneywood Adolescent Inpatient Unit within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has recently launched a brand new website to provide an insight into the unit.A number of young people voiced their opinion about the lack of online information about CAMHS and the Thorneywood Unit. This was discussed in a group session at the inpatient unit and many said their friends avoided visiting them because they had preconceived ideas of what a mental health unit looked like.The new website includes an overview of what to expect on arrival, a video tour of the facilities, and a blog to keep everyone updated.“We took the idea to our General Manager, Ann Wright, who completely understood the needs of young people in relation to their use of the internet and social media,” said Lead Specialist Occupational Therapist Mel Homan.“Once we proceeded with the project we were keen to have on-going involvement from young people, getting their constant feedback on the site as it developed. “It’s a fantastic site and we hope it will make a real difference to people who are considering visiting Thorneywood, and comfort family and friends to know what the ward environment is like.”The website was created by local web and graphic design company Delighten, who worked with the team to ensure the content was easy to access on mobile devices and tablets as well as desktop computers. Visit the website at