Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
We support young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.
We are a specialist NHS service providing assessment and support for children and young people up to 18 who are experiencing poor mental health.
We work with you and your family to identify your difficulties and provide the right help for you.
You’ll hear this abbreviation a lot, so let’s explain it now. CAMHS simply 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.
Learn more: Young Mind’s ‘Your Guide to CAMHS’
We provide flexible support to suit your needs.
CAMHS supports children and young people aged 0-18 years. They can work with you in a range of different ways to suit your needs. Some of the ways we can work with you and the therapies we use are explained below:
As part of our digital offer we are working with our partner, Healios, to provide secure online video assessments and treatment that you can access from your home. This will be offered to you if your clinician feels that it is appropriate.
Confidentiality means that what you tell us is kept as private as possible. The only exception to us maintaining confidentiality is if we become concerned about your safety or the safety of others.
We will always try to discuss with you who we need to talk to and what we’re going to say, in a supportive and open way.
Your CAMHS worker can explain this to you in more detail.
Consent means agreement or permission to do or allow something. CAMHS may ask for your consent to share information with other people (your family or school for example) or consent to accept treatment.
Keeping you safe
You have the right to be safe, no matter who you are or what’s happening to you.
If you are worried staff are always available and willing to talk with you about any concerns you have.
Young Minds (an external site) provide a helpful guide explaining what happens when young people receiving help from CAMHS reach an age when they need to move on and get the support that they need from adult services.
You can access this guide here: Young Minds: Young people’s guide to transition
We are committed to providing services that are accessible to all. Different people have different needs and we will do whatever we can to ensure these needs are met.