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Saturday 29 August 2015
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Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS

One in 10 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition while similar numbers with less serious mental health problems will need help at some point during their development (Audit Commission 1999).

Over half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood with less than half treated appropriately at the time. For example, it is a sad fact nearly 80,000 children and young people nationally suffer from severe depression, with over 8,000 of those aged 10 or under. Our key strength is in keeping the child, young person and their family at the heart of everything we do. We are able to deliver thorough assessments and a range of therapeutic interventions for children presenting with significant mental health issues. We are dealing with an increasing number of referrals, with more than 2,000 children and young people referred to us in the last year alone.

Our CAMHS service

The child and adolescent mental health service is committed to providing comprehensive and targeted treatments, delivered in the heart of our communities, which positively impact upon the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and young people.

Our specialist CAMHS teams provide services for Derby City and South Derbyshire residents and employ a range of highly qualified and specialist clinicians and therapists. We maintain close links with adult mental health services and our colleagues in the early interventions service, as well as youth offending teams and Breakout, Derby City's young people’s substance misuse service.

Our assessments and subsequent care delivery are geared towards ensuring speedy access to the right level of service for the individual and family needs. We also provide a flexible out-of-hours service, including after school and evening services.

How we can help

We are able to offer a wide range of services which include:

 


Referral criteria

Mental health problems which should be directly referred to the CAMHS service include:

  • anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders
  • serious self-harm
  • depression and bipolar disorders
  • obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
  • severe anxiety
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • suspected early psychosis (which we assess in conjunction with EIPS).

 

Our commitment is to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure we are best placed to try and prevent low level episodes becoming acute. Consequently we accept referrals from a wide variety of sources, ranging from doctors to school nurses.

 

More information

MindEd - information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues.

YoungMinds - the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.