What is CAMHS?
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Most of us within this team are called CAMHS Practitioners who may be nurses or social workers. We have lots of experience working with children and young people who might be struggling with their thoughts. There are also people called clinical psychologists who do extra work with young people.
Other people who work in the team are group workers who look after all our young people who like to work in groups. Groups are usually lots of fun too and it’s always good for you to know that you are not the only one who has worries or feels sad. We also have people called psychiatrists. Don’t be worried about this word; psychiatrists are special doctors who are really interested in young people’s emotions and they have extra training in what makes people feel different things.
As you can see there are no white coats and actually it’s not that scary.