This site has been developed by a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team based in Camden, north London. We developed this site to:
- promote the idea that help with emotional difficulties can be an ordinary part of school and community life.
- provide a fun and interactive learning tool to accompany the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) national curriculum.
- reduce stigma and blame in the wider community about mental health.
- help children develop strategies for coping with common mental health issues and difficulties.
- signpost children, parents and teachers to relevant NHS mental health services.
- to help parents to understand the emotional wellbeing of their children and provide advice and guidance about getting help if necessary.
To support teachers, Cam’s Den was developed in line with the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) national curriculum.
We are passionate about communicating with children about some of the more difficult issues affecting them at school and home. Cam’s Den offers a creative and educational space to think about these issues alongside the website’s main character Cam, a friendly sock puppet named after his hometown – Camden. Cam has a ‘crew’ of other sock puppets called Angry, Happy, Sad, Calm, Scared and Confused, who talk about their feelings, what they are and where they come from.
Cam’s Den has been created in consultation with a large number of children, parents and a range of professionals such as educational psychologists and teachers. If you have any comments or ideas about how to improve the site, please contact the communications department of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust via our main website.