Both facilities are old, inadequate, too small, and don’t contribute to the recovery of our children and young people.
“People often come to us in a state of sensory overload and can be highly stressed. We want to support them with an environment that helps them to feel calm and ready to engage in therapy.
“As well as not reflecting a welcoming, caring environment, the facilities do not reflect our modern way of caring for people. We have treatments and therapies that we would love to be able to offer, but our facilities don’t easily support,” says Deborah.
Despite the challenging environment, the CAF staff remain dedicated and passionate.
“It can be a challenge coming to work each day, spending it in an environment that is not fit for purpose. But we keep doing it because we know we are making a difference. For instance, we know that approximately 80% of the young people we work with are not transferred into the adult mental health services. That’s huge,” says Deborah.
The CAF team are working closely with the Māia Health Foundation on the development of the new outpatient hub for child and youth mental health.
“Having Māia Health Foundation step up and commit their support to a new facility is amazing – it’s life changing and will make such a difference for the people we support.”
As the concept for the new facility is developed, there’s no doubt excitement is building. The CAF team is dreaming of not only a new environment, but one which enables more effective treatments, allows for new, modern teaching methods and provides technologies that will give the service greater reach.
“We have no doubt this new facility will result in improved outcomes for young people and their families. It will make a difference,” says Deborah.