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Useful web materials

Here are some websites that will help you if you are being treated for mental health problems.

The headspace toolkit will

  •  help you to take part in the decisions made about you     
  •  help you through everything during your stay     
  • make sure making sure your rights are upheld   

 You  can use it on your own or you can use it with help from an adult that you feel comfortable with.

Headmeds will tell you about your medication, and more about the condition you are being treated for.  You can read accounts from people who have gone through, or are going through this process.

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Who else can I talk to?

There are lots of other people outside of CAMHS, your home, school or college you can talk to.

 

Young Minds

Information for young people about emotional and mental health issues.

Young Minds

 The Hideout

Offers support to young people living with domestic abuse

The Hideout

ChildLine

A free and confidential support service for children

Tel: 0800 1111

Childline

Connexions

Information and advice for young people aged 13 to 19

Tel: 080 800 13219

Text: 07766 413219

www.merton.gov.uk/living/somethingincommon

Ask Frank

Open and honest information about drugs and where to get support.

Ask Frank

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline

A helpline for children and young people who need advice about how to make a situation better

Tel: 0808 800 5000

NSPCC Child Protection

Samaritans

A 24-hour service offering confidential emotional support to anyone who is in crisis

Helpline: 08457 90 90 90

Samaritans

RU OK?

Self-help for teenagers developed by professionals

RU OK?

 Contact a family

Information for families with disabled children

www.cafamily.org.uk

 Living with ADHD

Website providing information for families and young people living with ADHD

Living with ADHD

 

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How we can help

There are lots of ways we can help, using treatments that have been shown to be effective.

These include working with young people on their own using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT); working with families and using medicine or a combination of treatments.

It is important that you feel involved in all stages of your care.

You should be given all the information you need to decide what’s best for you. 

This should include information on the different options provided by CAMHS, together with the positive outcomes and possible side-effects that might come with these different options.

Our staff use the treatments which have the most evidence to suggest they work, so that we can give the best care  and help young people recover.

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What can I expect at CAMHS?

When you first come to CAMHS you may feel nervous about your  appointment that’s normal, but we will do our best to make you feel comfortable and to move at a pace that suits you.

Most young people find that talking and trying out different solutions to  their problems helps them. Some young people also need medication.

Coming to CAMHS does not mean you’re ‘mental’, ‘strange’ or ‘different’. In fact, 1 in 10 young people has a diagnosable mental health disorder and 1 in 4 people overall in the UK struggles with poor mental health.

 

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