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VIDEO: First look at mental health unit for young people

VIDEO: First look at mental health unit for young people

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:46am 13th May 2019. (Updated at 12:01pm 13th May 2019)

Above photo and drone video: CFT Communications

Cornwall is being given its first look at its first mental health unit for young people.

Drone footage of the building work on Sowenna at Bodmin Hospital has been released.

The 14-bed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS) unit, opens this summer.

A fundraising campaign to help kit out the site has already pulled in over £250,000.

Scroll down to watch the drone footage of how the building work is coming along.

sowenna entrance
Drone footage is revealing how building work is going on Cornwall's first mental health unit for young people

Bosses say the vital funding will help to provide additional items and specialist areas.

These include equipment, minibuses, parental accommodation and therapeutic gardens.

Experts say they will make a huge difference to young people's recovery, health and wellbeing.


sowenna east view
The fundraising appeal to kit out Cornwall's Sowenna mental health unit for young people has reached £250,000

Sowenna will be run by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT), who are aiming to raise a total of £1.2 million to make this unit the best in the country.

It will be the first of its kind to provide children and adolescents with access to specialist mental health beds within the Duchy.

"Currently some of our most ill and vulnerable young people are travelling hundreds of miles away from their family and friends to access psychiatric treatment.

"Our aim is to stop families travelling thousands of miles every year to visit their children and to provide world-class facilities in Cornwall to improve recovery times".

Phil Confue, Chief Executive at CFT

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