Young people

Information about Mindsight Surrey CAMHS for young people. We help young people who are feeling sad, worried, angry or upset to work out difficult feelings.

What is Mindsight Surrey CAMHS?

We help and support children and young people in Surrey who are feeling very sad, worried, angry or upset. We help you to work out difficult thoughts and feelings and learn new skills so that you find it easier to deal with those feelings and have a happier life. We also help parents or carers to so that they can help you too. We look at relationships in the family and encourage friendships at home and school.

A teacher, parent or your carer may notice that you are finding it difficult to cope with your feelings and situations such as finding school difficult or having lots of worries. They will ask for help and advice from us on how best to help you.

You may have come to this website from school, college or university, or maybe your GP has told you about us. If you or someone you know thinks you need some extra support then you are in the right place. We are here to help children and young people, like you, and their families to work out difficult thoughts and feelings and equip them with more skills so they can get on better with life.

What happens when I've been referred?
We have many different services that offer support if you're having difficult feelings, problems with relationships, worries about sex and gender, learning difficulties, or problems with food, addiction and behaviour. Once you have been referred to us by your GP, teacher or social care worker, we will assess your referral form to look at how best we can help you. The types of things we might suggest for you are:

  • that you access our guided self help and online counselling services
  • that you receive some counselling from one of our therapists
  • that we help find you some job training
  • that you come for an appointment with one of our Community CAMHS teams or a specialist service (like Eating Disorders Service).

Who will I meet and what do they do?
If you are offered an appointment with our Community CAMHS teams or a specialist service we might need to offer an appointment to meet with you and your family at the local CAMHS clinic or your school,  in order to find out what you think is going on and what you think might help you to make things better.

We have a flexible approach to appointments and are happy to meet you on your own, with your family or friends.  We would normally speak with your parents if they come to the appointment with you.

At your first appointment you will meet someone from our team who will talk to you to find out about your worries and what has been difficult for you. The first appointment usually takes about an hour.

During the appointment, we decide with you (and your parents) whether we are the right people to help and whether you will come again for more appointments.

Here are some of the professionals you might meet:

  • Psychiatrist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Primary Mental Health Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist.

They are friendly and helpful and will do everything they can to make sure you are happy with us.

Who else can I talk to or get information from?
You can talk to any professional including teachers, school nurses, GPs & pastoral care departments. You can also get lots of information by ringing CAMHS One Stop on 0300 222 5755.

You can also find support online, through a guided self-help confidential counselling service provided by our partners Xenzone and Kooth by visiting www.xenzone.com/kooth.html.

How long will I have to wait for my first appointment and how many will I have?
This may vary, so it is hard to say exactly when your appointment may be. But if you are concerned please speak to the person who referred you or contact the CAMHS One Stop directly.

Will everyone know that I am seeing someone at Mindsight Surrey CAMHS?
No, that means anything you share with Mindsight Surrey CAMHS services will be kept confidential, unless there is a concern of risk towards yourself or others with the information you shared.

Do I need to do anything or bring anything to my appointment?
There is nothing you need to bring or do! But if it’s helpful you can write down a few notes about how you’ve been feeling and what you feel may be causing it.

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