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.

Who is it for?

CAMHS is for children and young people who may be having difficulties coping with their life, this then impacts on young people being able to enjoy themselves, make friends, and have a good school and social life. CAMHS work with young people up until the age of 18. We all have ‘mental health’and there are lots of ups and downs in life but sometimes, for many different reasons some young people find it hard to keep the good and the not so good things balanced and so may struggle with managing their emotions. At CAMHS we see children with many different types of mental health difficulties such as:

  • Low mood/depression (feeling super sad)
  • Worries
  • Phobia’s (things that young people can really be afraid of such as dogs )
  • Obsessive thoughts (this is having to do the same thing over and over again, like washing hands or touching things)
  • Trauma (being very frightened that something that has happened may happen again and thinking about it all of the time)
  • Self harm (hurting yourself on purpose or wishing you were not here anymore)
  • Difficulties with eating

What teams do we have?

  • CAMHS Core Team (this is for young people who come to see us where we work)
  • CAMHS Crisis Team (this team may go to look after young people in their own home and sometimes at the hospital)
  • Looked After Children’s (LAC) Team (this team look after young people who don’t live with their parents)
  • Learning Disability Team (this team work with young people who have special needs and have to have extra support at home and school)
  • ADHD Team (this team work with young people who find it really difficult to sit still, concentrate or behave in a way that they are expected to)

What sort of treatments are there?

There are different treatments for various difficulties, such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – this helps young people to identify what their thoughts are, how this makes them feel and how they behave, as a way of coping.
  • Dialetical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – this is for people who have really powerful emotions and can help young people to accept that there are some things we are unable to change but that we can cope with them better.
  • Group work which includes CBT and DBT and meeting other young people at the same time as having some fun.

The CAMHS practitioner who meets with the young person will talk to them about what is troubling them and then together think about who could help. We call this a care plan.

KOOTH ( A Xenzone Company)– on-line support

North East Lincolnshire CAMHS work in partnership with an on-line company called KOOTH (Xenzone). Kooth provide an additional resource to deliver safe, anonymous on-line support for young people. They have on-line counsellors and emotional well-being platforms for children and young people. Self-refer to KOOTH>>