Welcome to CAMHS
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Within CAMHS we have specialist mental health workers trained to work with mental health difficulties that are impacting on activities of daily living for children and young people who have a Worcestershire GP. CAMHS Herefordshire
During Covid-19, CAMHS has followed National Guidance in order to protect our patients, their families and our staff. This means that we can still offer a service but we now offer this in a different way.
Pre Covid- CAMHS offered assessments and treatment in clinics and group settings. Currently we cannot offer this and we have been able to arrange for the use of telecommunications such as Webex and or the ‘phone to offer these appointments. We are finding that many young people and their families are finding this is okay and that they are able to engage in the assessment or their care plan. We can also send resources to you via email and are also offering virtual groups so that your care is not affected during the pandemic.
Unfortunately we do not know when we will be returning to working in clinics and seeing people ‘face to face’- this is the same for all of the children and young people and we know that this doesn’t suit everyone’s expectations but feedback is that this is going well.
Due to the changes we have had to make to the service to run in a safe way you may be offered care from a different clinician than previously. This will be due to staff moving to different roles and parts of the service during the pandemic. Due to these changes we cannot move staff from their new role in order to deliver your care. This is not personal nor a decision that has been made lightly
CAMHS is still running and we will offer you the best care plan that we can to meet your mental health needs within the restrictions of Covid-19 and ‘lockdown’
Your mental health and recovery is our priority and focus
Reach 4 Wellbeing - Group intervention vis groups that promotes and supports the wellbeing of children and young people who are experiencing difficulties with anxiety.
CAST (Consultation, Advice, Supervision and Training) - provides a comprehensive mental health specific service available to any professional working in Worcestershire’s wider children’s workforce (such as teachers and Social Workers)
CAMHS Plus - supports children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis. The service also undertakes ward assessments for those admitted to the paediatric ward for self-harm and suicidal ideation.
Specialist CAMHS - assesses and treats those with significant mental ill health in order to promote recovery.
Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service - a specialist service within the Worcestershire CAMHS team that specifically treats eating disorders in children and young people between the ages of 8 to 17 and ½.
Integrated Services for Looked After Children - supports looked after children from 0-18 years of age, who may need help with their health, emotional wellbeing and their mental health.
Youth Justice Service and CAMHS (CAMHS YOT) - supports those up to the age of 18 years and who are open to the Youth Justice Service.
CAMHS Learning Disability Service - Some families with a child with a learning disability benefit from specialist support and the CAMHS Learning Disability Service can offer specific help to these families.
Further support for parents and carers can be found by self-referral to the Starting Well Partnership www.startingwellworcs.nhs.uk
Support for children and young people with SEND
All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential. We work together with other agencies to ensure that the right professionals are involved at the right time to meet the needs of you and your child. Find out more about how we support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is mental health?
Mental health is the way we think and feel. We all go through times when we feel worried, confused or down.
Mental health problems are when difficulties get in the way of how we think and feel.
This can mean that we find it hard to cope with family life, relationships, school or the wider world.
What does CAMHS stand for?
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
What happens at CAMHS?
CAMHS is made up of doctors, nurses and other medical staff.
These people are trained to help children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
At CAMHS, we will work together with you to help you find the right kind of support.
Who works in CAMHS?
CAMHS is a team of professionals with a range of training and skills for working with children, young people and their families. The team are made up of
- Mental Health Nurses
- Family Therapists
- Social workers
- Occupational Therapists
What will happen at the first appointment?
The first appointment is called a 'Choice Appointment' and may last for up to an hour and a half. The aim is to get a better understanding of the young person, their family and to identify (if any) their Mental Health problems.
After the ‘Choice Appointment’ we may agree that CAMHS is not the best service to help at this time. If this happens we will talk with you about other services that may be able to offer support.
If we agree at the Choice Appointment that CAMHS is the most suitable service for you we will agree what support we can offer. We call this ‘a CAMHS Care Plan’ – this is an agreement about how we will work together in order for things to get better. Sometimes this means we will work closely with your School, Teacher, School Nurse etc.
For more information click on the leaflet closest to where you live:
Can I refer a child or young person to CAMHS?
Any professional who works with children, young people under the age of 17.5 can refer into CAMHS. More information can be found on the service pages.
At present we do not accept direct referrals from parent and carers.
I have an appointment - how do I find CAMHS?
CAMHS Online Resources/Websites
Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Support Guide - As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of our services are working in a variety of different ways, to support you and your child during this time, and there are a
number of services available to support children, young people and their family or carers.
ChildLine | 0800 1111. Trained counsellors available 24/7 for under 19yr olds.
GET Self Help A range of ‘Cognitive Behavioural’ resources including leaflets and workbooks.
Kooth is an emotional well-being platform for children and young people, if required the service is also able to offer online counselling.
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of Britain’s young people. The website if host to information for young people, parents and professionals.
Self-harm UK is dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk and ask questions.
Kidscape aims to provide children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent bullying and protect young lives.
Mermaid hosts information and resources for young people, parents and professionals facing issues of gender nonconformity and gender dysphoria.
Talk to Frank provides friendly and confidential drugs advice.
Other services you may be interested in
Further support for parents and carers can be found by self-referral to the Starting Well Partnership
Kooth is an emotional well-being platform for children and young people, if required the service is also able to offer online counselling Worcestershire Healthy Minds supports people, aged 16 and over, who are experiencing
problems such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression
School Health Nurses are trained to help with emotional, mental and physical issues. They offer a face-to-face high school drop in service in all secondary high schools. They can support young people with issues such as; self-harm, sexual health, relationships, bullying, healthy eating, emotional health and lifestyle choices. You can text your School Health Nurse on 07507 331750 (Chat Health service), available Monday – Friday 9am until 4pm
Worcestershire Children First is available if you have any concerns about a particular child or young person and feel that they may be in need of protection or safeguarding members of the public
The award winning BESTIE App has been designed with young people to support their mental health and wellbeing. It is transforming the role of technology to support young people to access reliable, safe and bespoke support online.