Our Primary Mental Health Team (PMHT) supports children and young people when they begin to feel emotionally or mentally unwell by helping them to build resilience. We work with individuals to improve their wellbeing and reduce the chances of problems becoming more serious.
Our team is made up of people from different professional backgrounds who all have experience of working in children’s mental health. The team includes nurses, social workers, psychologists and therapists.
We support children, young people, parents, carers and other professionals such as teachers to identify and prevent emerging or mild mental ill-health like depression and anxiety.
We do this through:
- assessments and brief treatment
- liaison with professionals
Frequently Asked Questions
I am feeling really upset, what can I do whilst I wait for my appointment?
Talking to a parent or friend can help while you are waiting. There are also online resources provided by our partner Kooth.com which can provide support.
What sort of thing can CAMHS PMHT do to help?
We offer brief, short-term talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.
Will everyone know that I am seeing CAMHS?
No, which means anything you share with CAMHS will be kept confidential, unless we are concerned that you or others are at risk because of the information you share.
Do I need to do anything or bring anything to my appointment?
No, just bring yourself. But if you find it helpful you can write down a few notes about how you’ve been feeling and what you feel may be causing it.
Who works at CAMHS?
Lots of different staff, including Primary Mental Health Practitioners, Psychiatrists (Doctors), Psychologists, CAMHS Social Workers, Art Therapists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Family Therapists and Psychological Wellbeing Therapists.
Who else can I talk to or get information from?
You can talk to any professional including teachers, school nurses GPs and pastoral care departments.
Who will I see at CAMHS?
A clinician from the PMHT, who may be anyone from the list of people who work at CAMHS given above.
How long will I have to wait for my first appointment and how many will I have?
We will make an assessment based on how you are feeling and an appointment will be made for you depending on need. This may vary, but if you are concerned please speak to the person who referred you or contact the CAMHS Single Point of Access directly.
For more information you can read our service leaflet here.
An easy read version of our service leaflet is available to download here.
How to access our service
We accept referrals from health, social care and education practitioners. This ensures that every child or young person referred is in contact with the right service and receives appropriate treatment and support.
Please contact your GP, teacher or social care worker to get a child or young person a referral to our service. More information is available on our making a referral web page.
If you have any questions about a child or young person’s mental health, call CAMHS Single Point of Access for advice on 0300 222 5755.