Mermaid Ward is a 10 bed CAMHS PICU service for young people with severe mental illness. The service is now open and accepting referrals. The focus on Mermaid Ward is on stabilisation with a view on enabling transition to a general acute ward or back into the care of community services. The service is able to provide robust care and support for young people displaying significant levels of challenging behaviour. The average length of stay in our PICU service is eight to twelve weeks. Referrals will be accepted from all over the UK. We offer a rapid response system and aim to respond to referral requests within an hour of receiving adequate clinical information.