A 22-year-old woman wants to give back to the mental health services that helped her get her life back on track after she attempted to take her own life.

Rosie Lloyd is making and selling her own Christmas cards to raise money for CAMHS a mental health service for young people based in Worcester.

Ms Lloyd, who suffers from Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and Autism, said she can't thank the mental health services enough for giving her her life back.

She said: "I have been under the care of CAHMS since I was 14 and have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act twice. Most recently for trying to take my own life by overdosing on pills.

"The help I have received from the psychiatric unit and also CAHMS has saved my life. I spent two years in an in patient facility in Gloucester getting support for my condition and now I have been home with mum and dad for nine weeks!

"I am so glad to be home, I am doing really well, my family are really supportive and I feel able to cope with every day life again."

To 'give something back' to the mental health services that supported her, Rosie is raising money for CAHMS by selling homemade Christmas cards which she makes in her kitchen in Malvern.

She said: "I really enjoy making things, it makes me so happy and helps to keep me busy. I started selling the cards earlier this month and have already sold over 300 and raised £300 for CAHMS.

"I am blown away by the response I have received. I set up a Facebook page so people can order cards through there and people have been amazing. I have had donations of card and materials and someone even put in an order for 50 cards. I only hoped to raise £150 and I have doubled that in just two weeks.

"The cards will be on sale until the week before Christmas and then I will hand over the cheque to CAHMS. I just want to give back to them as a thank you for all the help they gave me. If the money helps them support just one other person it will have all been worth it."

A spokesman for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said: “We are really grateful to Rosie for everything she is doing to support our CAMHS team and of course.

"We wish her the best with the sale of the cards. We are also delighted that she is doing so well and are proud to have played a part in that.

"Young people have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and for some the effect on their mental wellbeing has been significant, but help is available and we would urge anyone struggling to reach out and seek support.”

To support Rosie’s efforts you can order a card through her Facebook Page - ‘Cards for Charity.’

Local support options for children, young people and families:

• A service called Chat Health is available for 11-19 years olds - text 07507331750 to speak to your School Health Nurse for confidential advice and support around a variety of issues, including bullying, emotional health and bereavement.

• Reach4Wellbeing aims to promote positive wellbeing, reach children and young people in their communities and reduce the stigma of mental health. Parents and carers can refer a young person, plus anyone over 13 can refer themselves: visit www.hacw.nhs.uk/reach4wellbeing

• Anyone aged 16 over struggling with stress, anxiety, low mood or depression visit Healthy Minds www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk and self-refer

• If you need urgent mental health advice please contact our helpline: 01905 681 915 (24 hrs a day 365 days a year)