CNWL’s Westminster CAMHS will welcome special guest, rapper and actor Doc Brown, who will officially open its new building on World Mental Health Day (October 10). The event will mark the service’s relocation to a new venue at the heart of Westminster.
Every month, Westminster CAMHS sees over 700 young people and their families facing mental health problems. The move has allowed the service to relocate to a new home that is more accessible and purpose adapted to the needs of its young people.
Doc Brown is a great advocate for the service given his inspirational work with refugee children, and achievements as a young rapper, comedian and actor in mainstream television.
Born Ben Bailey Smith, Doc Brown began his career as an underground rapper, before branching out into mainstream TV and film acting, stand-up comedy and writing children’s books. He has a host of notable television performances under his belt including a starring role in ITV’s Law & Order, C4’s The Inbetweeners and Derek, BBC thriller Hunted, BBC comedies Rev, Miranda, Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Apollo and ITV’s Midsomer Murders. He starred in the 2016 Gervais movie David Brent: Life on the Road, and received huge accolades for a major dramatic role in the ITV1 hit drama Brief Encounters.
Doc Brown boasts a wide following amongst children, starring in and writing for the cult CBBC animation Strange Hill High, and creating and co-writing the BAFTA winning Four O’Clock Club on CBBC, now into its fifth series. His first children’s book, the Walker/Candlewick-published I Am Bear has gone on sale worldwide, and been an instant hit with critics and readers alike.