National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Corner House
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help Deaf Children and Young people who are experiencing mental health issues.
How we help
Corner House is part of the National Deaf CAMH Service at South West London and St. George's Mental Health Trust. Corner House is an inpatient unit providing Tier 4 care to Young People from England, aged 11-17 years.
Corner House provides a 24-hour inpatient deaf environment, in which deaf young people and their families can receive the mental health assessment and interventions that they require, in an appropriate culture and communication environment. Corner House works closely with the outpatient teams, families and young people's networks to ensure that young people are discharged as soon as they can be, with appropriate recommendations and community support.
The service comprises of a six bedded inpatient unit. All of the young people admitted are deaf and are likely to use a variety of communication means, including British Sign Language (BSL), and Sign Supported English (SSE) and spoken language.
Corner House provides three pathways of care: complex assessment pathway; complex mental health pathway; and treatment review pathway. Most young people will have an initial stay of around six weeks. On admission, goals and estimated timescales will be individually agreed. A full therapeutic daily programme is provided including specialist education, individual and group work, alongside a range of age appropriate leisure activities.
The service has both deaf and hearing staff. All staff have Deaf awareness and study BSL. BSL interpreters are always available where required.
Referrals can be made by a range of services including CAMHS, Community Paediatricians, Audiologists, Social Services, Schools for the Deaf, Hearing Impaired units, GPs and National Deaf CAMHS.
Referrals are made via a referral form, which can be obtained by emailing/calling Corner House.
Corner House operates from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon and therefore is not suitable for young people requiring 24-7 mental health care.
We are committed to:
- Respect and promotion of deaf culture, British Sign Language and ensuring services are accessible to all
- The employment of deaf mental health staff
- Carer and service user involvement in all aspects of care
- Good working relationships with our National Deaf CAMHS colleagues
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
Elizabeth Newton Building
Elizabeth Newton Way
London SW17 0YG
Tel: 0208 513 5802