Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help young people who are experiencing mental health needs. We provide services in a range of community locations across five London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth, as well as in our Inpatient wards based at Springfield Hospital.
What is CAMHS?
CAMHS is the name for the services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health needs.
CAMHS support covers a wide range of conditions and needs. It is a safe place where we can work together to try and understand what it is happening with you, and how to help you to be make the most of your adolescence.
All CAMHS clinicians have had specialist training in assessment, formulation and intervention that mean they can work with children, young people and their families who present with mental health difficulties.
We work as a team and with you we can work out the best way to help you to feel better.
It can be difficult waiting for support after being referred to CAMHS services. We are committed to seeing children and young people as soon as possible and try to keep our waiting times to a minimum.
We aim to provide great care to every child and young person and support their parents or carers. We work with children from the age of five years up to their 18th birthday. For young people who require mental health support beyond the age of 18 we have transition workers to support as they move across to the most appropriate adult services.
In our community CAMHS services we have Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Systemic Family Therapists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Many of our clinical staff have additional training in therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Across our school services we have Psychologists, Education or Child Wellbeing Practitioners and some Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.
Across our inpatient units we have CAMHS clinicians such as Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Family Therapists as well as Dieticians and Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.
We have community services in five locations across south west London. They provide assessment and treatment for a range of common problems. There is one in each of the five boroughs covered by the Trust.