It is estimated that 1 in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 have a mental disorder. Most can be treated within the community, but some require a more intensive programme of treatment and care.
Currently some of our most ill and vulnerable young people are travelling hundreds of miles away from their family and friends to hospitals in Birmingham, Essex, Kent and Cheshire to access psychiatric treatment.
We are delighted that we will soon be in a position to support these young people much closer to home through Sowenna - Cornwall's first adolescent mental health unit which is currently being built on the Bodmin Hospital site.
To ensure Cornwall has a leading-edge facility, the Sowenna Appeal has been launched to fund some of the items which will really make a difference to young peoples recovery, health and wellbeing. These include:
- a sports barn, gym, plus fitness and sports equipment
- parental accommodation, to allow families to stay over and make admission less unsettling
- a café area to allow visits with family and friends to happen in a friendly space
- therapeutic gardens
- equipment for music, arts and cooking
The Sowenna Appeal is seeking funding for approximately £1.2 million to transform the unit from a high quality centre, to the best adolescent mental health unit in the country.