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What is CAMHS?

CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. These are NHS services, which in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are run by Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

They offer support and treatment for children aged 0 – 18 years who have emotional and/or mental health problems. The young people they work with may be experiencing severe or complex mental health problems and neuro-developmental disorders. These have a significant impact on the child’s development and cause distress to the child and their carers.

What do CAMHS do?

They offer support and treatment for children aged 0 – 18 years who have emotional and/or mental health problems. The young people they work with may be experiencing severe or complex mental health problems and neuro-developmental disorders. These have a significant impact on the child’s development and cause distress to the child and their carers.

The Community CAMHS teams are made up of community psychiatric nurses, therapists, family support workers, specialist practitioners, peer support workers, psychologists, non-medical prescribers and psychiatrists. These professionals work together with children, young people and their families to try to overcome their difficulties using evidence-based treatments. 

What age range can CAMHS work with?

They offer support and treatment for children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have emotional and/or mental health problems.

My Child has ADHD. Will CAMHS see them?

Yes. ADHD (Attention Deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder and does not always lead to mental health difficulties. Children who have medical diagnoses such as ADHD can develop mental health disorders if they have risk factors present in their lives. ADHD can impact different aspects of a child’s life including school, peer relationships, self-esteem, sleep and family life, and professional support may then be required.

Who can refer my child to CAMHS?

If you are the parent or carer for a young person aged 0 to 18 years old with a Nottinghamshire GP, you can refer on their behalf to CAMHS. This means that you can directly approach the team to ask for help.  The telephone number is 0115 8542 299 and it is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You will speak to a specially trained professional who will ask you some questions and talk to you about how they can help. If you prefer, you can ask for help by completing an online referral form, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: CAMHS Self-referral

If you prefer you can speak to your GP or school health nurse who can get in touch with CAMHS by calling or writing to them. Any other professional who works with your child/ young person like a social worker, counsellor or youth worker can also contact CAMHS to find out how we can help you.

Will my child see a doctor if they visit CAMHS?

Most children who get help from CAMHS will see one of their community outpatient teams. The Nottinghamshire community outpatient teams are made up of lots of different professionals, including family therapists, CAMHS social workers, family support workers, mental health practitioners, associate mental health practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists or art psychotherapists.

Is CAMHS an NHS Service?

Yes, CAMHS are NHS services, which in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are run by Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

My child is in mental health crisis. What should I do?

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team offer a service for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. This includes young people who are:

  • are at risk of immediate and significant self-harm
  • are an immediate and significant risk to others due to their mental health
  • are being considered for admission to a mental health inpatient unit
  • are in acute psychological or emotional distress that is causing them to not be able to go about their daily activities, such as going to school and looking after themselves

You can find out more information on the NHS website.

CAMHS Contact details:

CAMHS Single Point of Access for Self Referral which is responded to within 72 hours: 0115 854 2299

CAMHS Crisis Team for urgent assistance: 0115 844 0560

Alternatively you can the Nottinghamshire Mental Health helpline helpline number on 0808 196 3779. This number is available to anyone in mental health crisis at anytime, anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

 

Other Support

Young Minds offer free 24/7 support for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

My Child has suicidal thoughts. Should I contact CAMHS?

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team offer a service for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. This includes young people who are:

  • are at risk of immediate and significant self-harm
  • are an immediate and significant risk to others due to their mental health
  • are being considered for admission to a mental health inpatient unit
  • are in acute psychological or emotional distress that is causing them to not be able to go about their daily activities, such as going to school and looking after themselves

You can find out more information on the NHS website.

CAMHS Contact details:

CAMHS Single Point of Access for Self Referral which is responded to within 72 hours: 0115 854 2299

CAMHS Crisis Team for urgent assistance: 0115 844 0560

Alternatively you can the Nottinghamshire Mental Health helpline helpline number on 0808 196 3779. This number is available to anyone in mental health crisis at anytime, anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

 

Other Support

Young Minds offer free 24/7 support for young people experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.

What is Hopewood for?

Hopewood, Nottinghamshire Healthcare's, state of the art, £21m mental health services hub for children, young people and families, was opened to patients on Monday 4 June 2018. 

The 40 bed site on Mansfield Road in Nottingham offers specialist inpatient care and support for adolescents and perinatal women experiencing acute mental health difficulties that can no longer be managed in the community. It is also the base for the Trust’s community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and perinatal services.

Hopewood includes The Lookout Adolescent Unit, a 32 bed inpatient facility, which provides 20 more CAMHS beds than previously available. This includes a 12 bed specialist eating disorders ward and an 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the first of their kind for young people in the East Midlands. Also on site is The Lookout Education Centre, provided by Nottingham City Council, which supports young people to continue their education whilst admitted to the unit.

What happens when my child reaches 18?

Not all children and young people requiring a CAMHS service will require ongoing work and adult mental health services.

If they do, CAMHS work on transitions and would be preparing for this and making any appropriate referrals to adult service teams before the young person turns 18.

CAMHS have been working on improving this transition process into adult services

Can CAMHS help my child with their eating disorder?

Yes. They assess and provide treatment for children and young people up to 18 years old with a significant eating disorder.

They help young people to achieve a full recovery from their eating disorder. This includes its effect on their lives and on their families and carers.

They can help with:

  • physical recovery
  • behavioural recovery
  • thinking recovery
  • emotional recovery
  • family recovery
  • relationship recovery
  • social recovery

Find out further information on the NHS website.

Do CAMHS support with substance abuse and addiction?

Yes. The Young People’s Substance Misuse Service provides information, advice, support and treatment for young people up to 18 years old with drug and/or alcohol problems in Nottinghamshire. The service aims to support substance users to achieve their goals in relation to managing their substance use. 

The service will listen to you about your current difficulties around drugs and/or alcohol and help you think about how your difficulties can best be addressed.

The help offered may include: advice about reducing your drug use and/or alcohol intake; support and advice about any health issues; individual treatment to support you in relation to your substance use goals; support accessing other services which may help you; support and advice about other issues to help you stop taking substances.

Contact Details

Young people can contact the service directly or alternatively ask their GP or other health professional to make a referral to our service. The service will then contact you to arrange your first session which will last around 30 minutes.

The service is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and can be contacted by calling 0115 956 0842 or email camhs.h2hteam@nottshc.nhs.uk

What is the Lookout?

The Lookout Adolescent Unit is a 32 bed inpatient facility for children and young people aged 12 - 18 years old.

The young people they care for are experiencing mental health difficulties that can no longer be managed in the community.

This may include eating disorders or difficulties, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The unit has three wards:

  • Pegasus Ward, a 12 bed specialist eating disorder service
  • Phoenix Ward, a 12 bed general adolescent unit
  • Hercules Ward, an 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for children and young people needing more intense support.

I think my child is depressed. What can I do?

If you are concerned about your child’s emotional or mental health, you can get support from your child’s school, school nursing team or your GP.

If your child is not in school, or you would prefer not to talk to school, approach your GP surgery and ask for an appointment with a practice nurse or GP. If you are not already registered with a GP you can find your nearest surgery on the NHS website GP Finder. You can contact your nearest Health Families Team, which includes school nursing support, which are listed by district on the NHS website.

CAMHS Referral and Support

If you are the parent or carer for a young person aged 0 to 18 years old with a Nottinghamshire GP, you can refer on their behalf to CAMHS. This means that you can directly approach the team to ask for help. They offer support and treatment for children aged 0 – 18 years who have emotional and/or mental health problems. The young people they work with may be experiencing severe or complex mental health problems and neuro-developmental disorders. These have a significant impact on the child’s development and cause distress to the child and their carers

The telephone number is 0115 8542 299 and it is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You will speak to a specially trained professional who will ask you some questions and talk to you about how they can help. If you prefer, you can ask for help by completing an online referral form, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: CAMHS Self-referral

If you prefer you can speak to your GP or school health nurse who can get in touch with CAMHS by calling or writing to them. Any other professional who works with your child/ young person like a social worker, counsellor or youth worker can also contact CAMHS to find out how we can help you.

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