What is CAMHS?

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

CAMHS help children and young people up to 18 who are finding it hard to cope with everyday life because of difficult feelings, behaviour or relationships.

Most of the time when we are sad, angry, stressed or worried these feelings pass within a few days, but if they go on for a while and stop us enjoying and coping with life, then CAMHS can help.

Just as we go to the doctors when we are physically ill, sometimes we need extra help with our mental health.

How we can help

We provide flexible support to suit your needs.

  • Initially we will find out more about the difficulties you are having.
  • We will discuss the sort of treatment and support that is likely to help and agree a plan with you.
  • Sometimes a few sessions will be enough to get you back on track. Sometimes you may need to meet with us for longer.
  • Most importantly you will be fully involved and the plan we agree together will be reviewed regularly to make sure it is still helping.

What can CAMHS do?

We can work with you in a range of different ways to suit your needs.

These are some of the ways we can work with you:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focussed Practice

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Page last reviewed: 11 January, 2023