Cheyenne Samuel

MA Scholar | Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust | 2021 - 2023

Cheyenne is deeply passionate about widening participation and encouraging representation of African-Caribbean communities within workforces. And supporting the wellbeing and welfare of all children, adolescents, and their families. Cheyenne hopes to continue to reduce stigma about mental health within black and brown communities, more specifically the Caribbean community, to which she belongs.

Cheyenne has worked in the field of wellbeing and mental health for the past 6-years, supporting children, adolescents, and their families. She currently works in a CAMHS inpatient unit as a Nursing Assistant, facilitating a safe space for adolescents experiencing behavioural, social, and psychiatric difficulties/disorders, using a therapeutic approach. By being a key worker and de-escalating or therapeutically preventing self-harming behaviours. Whilst working as a nursing assistant, Cheyenne also volunteers in a primary school as a school counsellor. Where she facilitates a secure and safe environment for students to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Whilst also contributing to their safeguarding and welfare.

Previously, Cheyenne was a wellbeing practitioner, promoting and improving access to talking therapies, within black, brown, and other underrepresented communities. She designed tailored wellbeing workshop groups, with aims to reduce the stigma of seeking help, whilst also encouraging overall wellbeing.

Cheyenne previously volunteered for an international peer education project called ‘My sisters keeper’ based in Tobago and London. She was tasked with promoting awareness and knowledge of issues surrounding sexual and mental health to young females in Tobago. In which she co-designed and co-facilitated holistic therapeutic workshops exploring skills and attitudes to positively enhance the self, family dynamics and social interactions