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Your guide to CAMHS

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  • Author: alexmantle

CAMHS (which stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) is the name given to the specialist NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

CAMHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is made up of mental health specialists who help young people in many different situations. For example, those who are experiencing:

  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Moderate to severe anxiety, phobia or panic disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm associated with any of the above problems
  • School refusal, severe behavioural difficulties or significant attachment difficulties, only where there are significant mental health difficulties as listed above

Their support also provides:

  • Diagnostic assessment and management of ADHD and associated conditions in children and young people aged 11 years and above
  • Diagnostic assessment and management of Autism and associated conditions

To receive help from CAMHS, a referral is required from a healthcare professional such as a nurse, school nurse or a GP. A referral will be made if they think that your child’s difficulties have a significant impact on functioning and require specialist support.

You can text a school nurse if you need confidential support in a non-emergency. In an emergency, call 999.

My child has been referred to CAMHS, what can I expect?

CAMHS support is different depending on your child’s needs. They might only need a one-off assessment, or may need ongoing care until they feel better and safe. Most of the time, they will be added to a waiting list for an initial assessment where these needs will be considered.

As a parent, carer or guardian, you will be invited to this assessment. This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about your child’s care.

Useful links

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust- CAMHS

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

YoungMinds- Your guide to CAMHS

You can view additional emotional health support on our website