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New children’s mental health building launches in Liverpool

The children and young people of Liverpool are set to benefit from “greatly improved” care as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital opens a new mental health facility.

The new building, known as Sunflower House, will be for the children and young people with the most severe mental health challenges aged between five and 13 years old.

Sunflower House features:

  • 12 bedrooms
  • A family bedroom
  • A therapy garden
  • A sensory room
  • An immersive room
  • A de-stimulation room
  • A kitchen
  • Therapy rooms
  • Classrooms

Chief executive at Alder Hey, Louise Shepherd, said: “We are truly grateful to our charity and everyone who donated to the '7in10' appeal. That funding has been central to us creating a unit with our children and young people that is warm and welcoming, with state-of-the-art facilities to support them in their recovery.”

Alder Hey Children’s Charity’s 7in10 appeal helped raise £3m towards the newbuild.

"More and more children are seeking help and support for mental health conditions and together with our new Catkin Centre, Sunflower House will enable us to give them the help and treatment they need and that they absolutely deserve,” added Shepherd.

The Catkin Centre, which is for community services, and Sunflower House sit alongside a children’s research facility and a bereavement centre at Alder Hey. The trust is also working on a new Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – the first of its kind nationally.

Alder Hey’s director of community services, Lisa Cooper, commented: “Sunflower House gives children and young people a secure and safe environment, while also ensuring that they have access to the very best facilities and care as soon as possible. This will support children and young people to achieve their greatest potential at a time of great crisis in their lives.”

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