Open Talk is designed to support decision-making between children, young people and mental health professionals in inpatient and community mental health services.

Open Talk is led by Common Room in collaboration with the Evidenced Based Practice Unit (UCL & Anna Freud Centre).

The development of Open Talk was funded by the Department of Health and Health Education England, through the children and young people mental health innovation fund. Drawing on evidence from a number of innovative practice and research initiatives, including two current PhD projects, we have worked in partnership with young people and CAMHs professionals to develop:

Open Talk builds on the success of Me first which promotes CYP centred communication and decision-making in physical healthcare.


About Common Room

Common Room is a consultancy led by lived experience. We promote collaborative practice and connect the expertise of children, young people, researchers, practitioners and policymakers across disability, health and mental health to:

  • Find the best ways of involving young people in decisions about their lives, services, and support
  • Develop and deliver training to enable practitioners to provide the best possible support to children and young people
  • Enable young people to speak up about the social, policy and practice issues that affect their lives



About the Evidenced Based Practice Unit

Founded in 2006 as a collaboration between UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences and Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, EBPU bridges cutting edge research and innovative practice in children’s mental health.

EBPU’s vision is for all children and young people’s wellbeing support to be informed by real-world evidence so that every child thrives. EBPU’s mission is to bridge the worlds of academic research and clinical practice to ensure that training, tools and support are informed by the latest evidence.