Service description

We treat young people having difficulties with their mental health or emotional wellbeing, who’s needs cannot be met within universal services. These are young people who may be at risk of developing a mental health disorder.

We work between primary care, for example GPs and public health (school) nurses, and specialist CAMHS outpatient teams. Within our role we also advise other professionals in assessing and managing children and young people’s mental health, for example through our professional advisory telephone line, and by providing training and consultations.

We also offer brief, direct interventions with young people experiencing difficulties related to their mental health, using a variety of therapeutic interventions.

The Primary Mental Health Team works in partnership with health, education, social services and voluntary services.

One of our aims is to be visible within the community, providing a mental health element to multi-agency working.



Referral criteria

You may be receiving support from a professional we have provided advice to. If it is felt that you require additional support, you can be referred to CAMHS by your GP, public health (school) nurse, social worker, educational psychologist, community paediatrician or other health professional. Your referral will be considered by both specialist CAMHS and the Primary Mental Health Team. We will then contact you to discuss the service, obtain further information and discuss the care you need. If we feel that CAMHS is not the best service to provide what you need, we may put you in touch with other relevant organisations.

Who to contact if you need an interpreter or information about disabled access

Referrers should indicate if the service user and or family need an interpreter.

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