Will Poulter drops into The Circle mental health cafe

Image above: Will Poulter talking at the roundtable event; The Circle

Mental Health cafe celebrated its one year anniversary with a visit from Will Poulter

The Circle, which provides a safe haven for young people to address their mental health concerns, celebrated its inaugural year with a visit from Hollywood celebrity Will Poulter.

Hosted by Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind (HFEH), The Circle marked the occasion with a roundtable gathering, coinciding with Children’s Mental Health Week which is running from 5-11 February.

Originally from Chiswick, Will Poulter has been a staunch advocate for The Circle since its inception, advocating for increased assistance for young people grappling with mental health challenges.

In his capacity as the HFEH Mind Youth Services Ambassador, Will took part in the session alongside Nana Owusu, HFEH Mind’s Clinical Lead & Director of Children and Young People’s Services.

They were joined at the event at 46 South Ealing Road on Monday (5 February) by local MP Dr Rupa Huq as well as NHS Clinical Directors and Leads, campaigners, former government special advisors, service users and staff to discuss the work carried out by The Circle and what its future holds.

Circle is a first of its kind hub space and café that offers support for young people who are at, or near crisis point with their mental health. Over 500 children and young people have accessed the Circle in the last year. Most of the young people attending A&E for mental health support are dealing with anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviour and suicidal thoughts.

Children and Young People aged 5-18 who are in active mental distress can access the service for advice, support, or just to talk, with drop-in or appointment-based services available. The Circle team is made up of a variety of multidisciplinary professionals, including mental health nurses, art psychotherapists, mental health therapists, mental health practitioners and occupational therapists.

Image above: Will Poulter with children at The Circle, Rupa Huq joins the roundtable

Work carried out at The Circle is “lifesaving” says Will Poulter

Will Poulter said:

“I’m so happy this space exists and really excited about the many ways the Circle can expand its services and locations. I want to see more of these because of the lives we are saving, and the work being carried out here is lifesaving.”

Nana Owusu said:

“I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved in such a short space of time here at the Circle. We are a vital part of wrap around care and together we will continue to destigmatise mental health and help children and young people access the help they so desperately need.”

Johan Redelinghuys, Clinical Director for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services, West London NHS Trust added:

“Over the last year we have observed the impact The Circle has had, which shows that making earlier mental health support available to children and young people at risk of going into crisis, increases the chances of a positive outcome for them and their families.”

Dr Rupa Huq said:

“The success of the Circle underlines just how important it is that open-access mental health hubs are made available to all young children and young people in every community across the UK.”

You can find out more information about the Circle crisis café here.