18 Jun

Other Bright Publications



CAMHeleon is a colourful collection and celebration of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) ward best practice. It showcases a sparkly palette of ideas, articles, quotes, research and resources about therapeutic CAMHS care.

Animal Magic

Animal Magic will help you get past the obstacles to having pets on your ward and give you the compelling evidence base for the benefits of pets for people with mental illness. 


We know that inpatient mental health wards can and do provide fantastic care to patients. We also know that they welcome any help in providing MARVELLOUS care to patients with a learning disability.

So that’s what this website is all about – a little bit of support for you to help your patients with a learning disability. 


The Wardipedia website is a huge collection of ideas and examples about providing imaginative, therapeutic inpatient mental health care. It’s structured around seven domains, represented by the acronym IMAGINE: Imagination, Mindfulness, Activities, Generosity, Involvement, Neighbours, Empathy.

Ward Stars

Ward Stars is an exciting validation and professional development scheme for Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) from Star Wards. Ward Stars helps make explicit those aspects of HCAs’ work particularly valued by mental health inpatients. The process is structured around seven ‘Stars’ which are each focused on key themes of therapeutic inpatient care.

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters looks at how relationships between staff and emotionally vulnerable patients are nurtured through ‘caring conversation’. It’s informed by the evidence of the recovery power of conversation to help people with mental illness or in extreme distress where there is no actual diagnosed mental illness.

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TalkWell is a conversation training resource for mental health workers.


Talkwell 2nd Edition 4 4.08 MB 2031 downloads


Ward Buddy

Ward Buddy is here to accompany inpatients through various experiences of ward life; from arriving on the ward to the rediscovery of hope, amongst other themes. The booklet is filled with experiences of recovery and mini snippets of ward life that have been kindly offered and beautifully illustrated by people who have had stays on mental health wards.


Ward Buddy Colour Jan30 Pdf 3.32 MB 16 downloads



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You might be wondering – what difference does Star Wards actually make to mental health wards? It’s a question we continuously ask ourselves, to make sure that we are having a positive impact. Well, we have over 800 wards signed up to receive our resources and, in the past, we have had Star Wards independently evaluated. A micro-summary of what our users have said is that wards who tried Star Wards ideas had:

This is not about us, it is about people like you. These improvements are down to your hard work. And you can check our newsletters for wards doing amazing things right now. So we are told we do help you make a difference – and we want to get better and be here to help you in the future. So, join up, join in and let us know your wonderful ideas – and if you can donate to us or fundraise for us, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can donate on the website or discuss fundraising by e-mailing here. Thank you for all you do.