The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health
The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health has 15 beds with 9 day care places. This is a specialist service for young people in Newham, Hackney, The City of London and Tower Hamlets. Initially the young people will usually be seen and assessed by child and adolescent services, and receive care and support in the community. They can then be referred to the unit if in-patient support and management is needed.
The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health is a service specially set up to look after young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old who are experiencing significant emotional and/or mental distress. It is mixed gender and provides a service to young people from Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.
The Acute Service facilities include separate male/female areas, 12 bedrooms, living rooms, dining room, multi-faith prayer room, games rooms and garden/outdoor recreation areas. There are facilities for outdoor sports activities as well as activity and schoolrooms. Some young people stay over night while others return home at the end of the day.
The team here will work quickly with you and your family/carers to understand the nature of your difficulties and ways of making things better. We will then support you in returning home or in moving on to somewhere that can look after you on a longer-term basis.
The Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health aims to provide you with the best possible care. This includes respecting your views, beliefs and culture. We will also recognise and build on your strengths and interests, rather than only focus on your difficulties.
This is one of the first purpose-built adolescent units in the country. The unit opened in March 2006. The young people who were under the care of the service at the time, were very excited about the move and literally ran into the building when they arrived!
East London NHS foundation Trust, who runs the unit, set out to design a unique facility to meet the specific needs of mentally ill youngsters. The building has a non-institutional homely feel with the safety and comfort of young people a priority.
VIEWS OF YOUNG PEOPLE: The children’s charity, Young Minds, assisted the Trust in consulting with young people about their experience of being in the unit and their thoughts about design features and ideas about what would make a purpose-built unit more suitable for their needs.
KITCHEN: There is a kitchen with an on-site cook who will provide food for the young people in the unit. Feedback from young people admitted to the unit made it clear that mealtimes and the quality and type of food, were a really important part of the day. There is also a kitchen area for the young people to cook in, an art and craft room and other multi-purpose rooms for activities.
EDUCATION: There are classrooms with on-site teachers to ensure that young people in the unit do not fall behind educationally and can get the support that they need.
NIGHTTIME: Nearly all the rooms have en-suite facilities. There is a Day Service, this enables young people and their families to access the help and support they need but still be able to return home at night. There are facilities for parents to sleep overnight at the unit, an option that was not available before the unit was built.
The building is formed with exactly 47,730 brick-blocks constructed on solid concrete floor plates. The unit is assured a generous amount of natural light served by no less than 107 windows and 98 roof windows.