Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (or CAMHS) is a service that works with children and young people (and their families) up to the age of 16 when they have problems which have a serious effect on their daily life – this can include things like anxiety, depression, eating difficulties and coping with traumatic experiences.
- Initial assessment (called a Choice appointment) to talk about issues and problems
- If it is agreed that CAMHS can help then a follow-up appointment (called a Partnership appointment) is arranged to talk about the issues and problems in more depth
- Support and therapeutic interventions are then provided by a team of specialists; this may include Child Psychiatrists, Child Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Specialist Nurses, Family Therapists, Learning Disability Nurses and Mental Health Practitioners.
How to Access
Referrals can be made into CAMHS by a health professional, Social Worker or school.
All referrals and first appointments are dealt with by the CART Team. St Helens CAMHS patients are also seen at the following address:
CART, Birch Unit, Peasley Cross Hospital, St Helens. Tel: 01925 579 405 Fax: 01925 664 191