Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS stands for child and adolescent mental health services. We are the NHS service that offers support and treatment for children and young people, aged up to 18 years old, who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing.  We also support parents, carers and families of these children and young people too.

Here in Wakefield, CAMHS is made up of several teams. Each team works in a slightly different way, and specialises in different areas, but we all work together to support children, young people and families during their journey with CAMHS.

Our teams are made up of lots of different healthcare professionals who have experience of working specifically with children and young people.  This includes; nurses, social workers, psychologists, doctors, therapists and support workers.

Usually, when a child or young person feels sad, stressed, frightened or worried, these feelings will pass with time and with help from family, friends, teachers or other health or care professionals.

However, sometimes these feelings can go on for a very long time and start to really affect everyday life. For example; friendships, school, college and home life. When things get to this point, Wakefield CAMHS are here to help.

We help young people with some of the following problems or difficulties:

  • Feelings of sadness, low mood or depression
  • Obsessive thoughts and behaviours such as having to check or repeat things
  • Anxiety issues, including panic attacks
  • Self-harm and thoughts of hurting themselves
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts that “I don’t want to be here anymore”
  • Problems with eating and food
  • Long standing difficulties with coping after a scary and traumatic event
  • We also can give parents and carers of children and young people advice on how to support their child with the difficulties they are experiencing
  • We work in partnership with other health and care professionals in order to meet the needs of children, young people and families as a whole
  • These professionals include schools, GPs and social workers

We also can give parents and carers of children and young people advice on how to support their child with the difficulties they are experiencing.  We work in partnership with other health and care professionals in order to meet the needs of children, young people and families as a whole. These professionals include schools, GPs and social workers.

How do I contact Wakefield CAMHS? 

Further information and contact information is available in the guide attached below.

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