Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) (Calderdale)

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About the service

Part of the Open Minds partnership in Calderdale.

Child and adolescent mental health services in Calderdale are delivered by a number of organisations that make up the Open Minds Partnership.

The Open Minds Partnership’s approach is based on a person’s individual need. It focusses on making help and support accessible through organisations working together to provide emotional health and wellbeing services.

Partner organisations work closely and share knowledge so a young person should only tell their story once, before being signposted to the right place for support or advice.

The Open Minds Partnership’s priority is to provide personalised care that meets each young person’s own needs and goals.

We offer assessment and interventions to children and young people who present with persistent and significant difficulties with the following:

  • Depression where severe or not responded to earlier intervention
  • Self-harm and suicide attempt
  • Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Eating disorders with significant risk or impairment (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)
  • Psychosis (in those aged under 14)
  • Somatoform disorders
  • ADHD that has reached the appropriate stage on the pathway.
  • Prolonged adjustment difficulties eg abnormal grief reactions.
  • Persistent post-traumatic disorder (PTSD)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Autistic spectrum conditions (at appropriate times)

Our aim is to improve the mental health of individuals accessing our service and we work closely with other Trust and community services to ensure the needs of the individual are best met. We work alongside other organisations, including children’s social care, Northpoint Wellbeing Services, schools, school nurses and other community-based organisations.

Why would someone choose the service?

The emotional wellbeing of children, young people and families accessing our service is the first priority of our team.

Our team work hard to build positive relationships with children during such a challenging period in their life. The coping strategies and self-management techniques our team use ensure that children can live life to their full potential.

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