FAQ's

  1. What does CAMHS stand for?
  2. How can I get referred to CAMHS?
  3. Who works in CAMHS?
  4. What will happen in the first appointment?
  5. What if I don’t want to attend the appointment?
  6. How many appointments will I need?
  7. Who else can I talk to?
  8. Can I ask more questions?
  9. Before you see us

1. What does CAMHS stand for?

CAMHS stands for child and adolescent mental health services.

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2. How can I get referred to CAMHS?

If you feel you would like to be seen by a professional regarding any of the issues outlined on this website, it would be helpful to firstly talk to your parents or carers. You and they can then make contact with a school nurse, GP or social worker and request a referral to CAMHS. If you feel you can not speak to your parents or carers please speak to an adult you trust or contact your GP directly.

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3. Who works in CAMHS?

CAMHS is a team of professionals with a range of training and skills working with children, young people and their families. Teams are based locally and include:

  • Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Nurse Therapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Family Therapists
  • Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social workers (employed by social services)

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4. What will happen in the first appointment?

The first appointment will last for about one hour. It is a chance for you to talk about how you feel. By talking about how you feel staff can get to know you, understand your problems and work out with you ways of dealing with them.

The whole family (everyone in the household) are asked to attend the first appointment. This helps us gain an understanding of your situation and it enables us to carry out a thorough assessment.

If you wish to be seen on your own for the first appointment, please contact one of the professionals named in the appointment letter to discuss this.

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5. What if I don’t want to attend the appointment?

It is not unusual for a young person to be worried about attending a CAMHS appointment. You might be worried about what will happen at the appointment and whether you might be blamed for problems.

Talk to the person who referred you to CAMHS, let them know how you feel. You could also talk to your parents, friend, teacher, youth worker or school nurse and tell them that you are worried. Look at the CAMHS information leaflet with them, which will give you information about what will happen at your first appointment.

If you really don’t want to attend, either ask an adult to contact the service and explain the situation or make contact yourself. It may be possible for a home visit to be organised. Please see answer to ‘What will happen at my first appointment’ for more information.

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6. How many appointments will I need?

Sometimes one appointment is enough to work out difficulties, although people usually have more than one appointment.

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7. Who else can I talk to?

There are lots of other people outside of CAMHS, your home, school or college you can talk too. Use the local services finder at the top of each page to find other people/organisations who might be able to help.

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8. Can I ask more questions?

Don’t worry about asking questions.  CAMHS will do our best to answer them.

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9. Before you see us

Once your appointment is made, you will receive a confirmation letter. Attached to this will be a form called the 'Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire' which asks you questions about the difficulties you are experiencing.

What would be really helpful before you come to your appointment, would be for you to complete the questionnaire as best you can. Don't worry if you don't know the answers any information you provide will be helpful.

Please bring the questionnaire with you on your first appointment and give it to the receptionist.

You might also find it helpful to write down things you want to say and things you want to ask before you come to your first appointment. Write your thoughts and questions down and bring them with you.

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