Who are CAMHS?
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work with young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties, and their families.
Who is CAMHS for?
The service is for young people up to the age of 18 who have emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties which are causing difficulties in their school, family or social life.
How do I access CAMHS?
CAMHS is a specialist service, which means that referrals need to be made by someone who has met you and thinks that CAMHS might be able to help. That person might be your GP, health visitor, school health advisor, social worker or a paediatrician (a specialist children's doctor).
Once CAMHS receive your referral, we get in touch with you as soon as possible to let you know whether they think they can help and to offer you an appointment with the team. If you think you would benefit from support from CAMHS, make an appointment to see your GP, who will be able to make a referral to our service for you if they think CAMHS could help.
What will happen at my first appointment?
Depending on your age, you would usually bring your parents or carers with you when you first come to see CAMHS, but sometimes they might need to see you alone. Sometimes CAMHS might need to see your parents/carers alone too so don't be worried if this happens. It's important that everyone feels comfortable and able to talk openly about any worries they have.
All appointments are held in private rooms. Your first appointment usually takes about 45 to 60 minutes. If you're offered more appointments, they shouldn't be longer than your first appointment and CAMHS will do their best to agree a date and time that works for you.
When you've had your first appointment, CAMHS may need more information to help them decide what they can do to support you. This may mean speaking to teachers at school or other people who are known to you. CAMHS would always discuss this with you first.
When CAMHS have all the information they need, they will talk to you about it and decide together whether they can help. If they decide CAMHS is the best service to help you, they will work together on a plan, which you will own and be given a copy of.
CAMHS also have a young people's mental health inpatient unit in Warrington called Fairhaven, which young people in St Helens can access. This unit supports young people who need higher level of support to meet their mental health needs.
St Helens CAMHS Community Team is based in Birch Unit at Peasley Cross Hospital.
St Helens CAMHS
Peasley Cross Hospital
Marshalls Cross Road
Tel: 01925 579 405