Lucena Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
CAMHS is a service for children and young people up to age 18 who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties that require treatment from a specialist team.
The treatment available in CAMHS can help children and young people to manage and understand their mental health difficulties. This may be by accessing talking therapy, through taking medication in consultation with a specialist doctor or a combination of both.
with: Anxiety Depression Eating problems Hearing Voices/Seeing Things Self Harm
Age range: Up to 18
Time: The waiting time varies and depends on the nature and severity of your difficulties. Referrals that are deemed urgent are prioritised and seen more quickly.
Do I need my parents permission if I'm under 18?: yes
How do I connect with your service?
To access CAMHS you will need to seek a referral from your GP (family doctor). Once you have explained your difficulties to your GP they will make a referral to CAMHS, if they think it is necessary. Once the CAMHS team receive the referral they will arrange an assessment if they believe that CAMHS is the right service for you.
How have your services changed due to Coronavirus?
We are still open and providing services during this time. Services have changed however and the majority of our contact with young people and their families is being conducted remotely, via telephone or videocall. You may be offered an appointment through software called Zoom. This will allow you to see and hear a member of our team during your session. This means you will be able to stay at home and not come to the clinic, thus reducing the risk of catching or transmitting the virus. We are also making contact with children, young people and families who do not wish to use Zoom by telephone. In some cases, where the team believe it is necessary we are seeing children/young people in the clinic, while taking care to ensure that all precautions around hand washing and safe social distancing are in place.
New assessments is reduced and limited to urgent cases at this time.