Children and Young People
We see Children and Young People with emotional and mental health needs. We sometimes find they are struggling with relationships at home, or with peers or teachers. They may experience lack of confidence, low self-esteem, stress or anxiety, which impacts upon life (e.g. school work, or socialising).
It is OK to feel sad, worried or angry, or sometimes just like you don't fit in. Other people may have talked to you about this already to try and help. If these feelings are not going away or are getting worse and stopping you from doing the things you used to enjoy, we would like to help you. When referred to our services, you will meet with someone who wants to talk with you, and try out things that might help. We will work with you, and often your family, to understand and help you with your problems. We want you to feel supported and safe when you come to see us.
CAMHS Early Help (Trailblazer and CWP teams) have been developing a number of videos for parents, teens and school staff on a range of mental health and wellbeing topics. Link to the YouTube channel is below and we are also adding new videos regularly.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: CAMHS is a service for all
CAMHS is a service for all and we are keen to ensure that every Child or Young person referred to our teams feels able to access services and engage in treatment. We recognise that there may be barriers which have historically stopped young people from reaching out or engaging with services (e.g. protected characteristics such as race, ethnicity and culture; gender; sexuality; age; and ability).
- Please do talk to your health professional about factors you feel are important for us to know (no topic is off bounds) or whether we need to adapt treatment to support you. This could be anything from translation services, clinician's awareness of issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, understanding of cultural factors or adaptation of therapy materials.
- We recognise it can be hard for young people to talk about sensitive topics. Whilst we are not perfect, we are making steps to ensure we continually improve to ensure CAMHS services are inclusive for all.
We aim to provide a safe space for young people to talk. If you don't feel you can talk to your health professional, for any reason, then you can contact the Team Manager or join one of the participation groups (to enquire please email email@example.com). Please help us shape the future of our services!
SWLSTG has also made a commitment to actively moving towards anti-racism and we are keen to ensure this culture is embedded into the fabric of CAMHS. If you have any feedback please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young People's Experiences with CAMHS
Please click on the below buttons to hear from young people and their experiences with CAMHS:
Suicide prevention support for young people
Living with ADHD
This website providing information for family and young people living with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder)
On My Mind
On My Mind is a new website which aims empower young people to make informed choices about the mental health support they want
7 ways to support
This leaflet provides information about how to support children and young people who are worried
General information and support about a range of topics for young people up to the age of 25
Sex and relationship support
FREED Network Booklet
Booklet for Young People on Emerging Adulthood was designed in collaboration with Young People and staff from the FREED Network
Self Care Plan
This resource walks young people through a series of steps, helping them create a detailed self-care plan that works for them
Self-help for teenagers developed by professionals
Coping with Uncertainty
This is a brief guide for young people coping with uncertainty