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.
We are anticipating disruption to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Bath and NE Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire as a result of the impact of Coronavirus.
Our priority is to minimise disruption as much as possible and to keep you updated and informed of any changes to service delivery.
If you are currently open to CAMHS or making a referral, please be aware of the following:
1. At present, we are offering face to face appointments for urgent and emergency referrals or existing children and young people on our caseload only (if these cannot be done over the phone or digitally).
2. We are conducting all other appointments digitally or over the phone.
3. There could be some temporary changes in how we deliver our services. For example, some of our patients may be seen by video call or over the phone instead of face to face. A clinician will contact you to update you on the situation and to plan for your circumstances. If you have any questions, please contact your care coordinator by phone.
4. You may also need to wait longer than normal for your appointment. We will try to keep you updated about this.
5. Please follow the latest Public Health Guidelines relating to managing suspected or confirmed symptoms of Covid 19. The latest guidance can be found here:
It is very important that you do not attend your appointment and instead contact us to reschedule if:
6. Please use phone calls as the main way of communicating with us. Please avoid sending us paper referrals or online referrals as these may not be being checked regularly.
7. Please also be aware of other resources that are available to help you:
From Virgin Care:
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.
We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.