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Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Wakefield

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About the service

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.

 

What do Wakefield CAMHS help with?

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.

 

How do Wakefield CAMHS help?

Professionals, parents and carers, alongside young people aged 16 and 17 can contact the Wakefield CAMHS team directly for support. Please note that a child or young person must be registered with a GP practice in Wakefield to access support from Wakefield CAMHS.

All calls or referrals are managed centrally by the CAMHS ‘Single Point of Access’ team, who are also known as ‘SPA’.

Upon contacting Wakefield CAMHS, you will speak with a friendly member of the primary intervention team. During this initial conversation, they will ask different questions to help make a plan to support you or your child.

CAMHS provide a range of support depending on what is needed. This support may include:

  • Signposting to other relevant services and resources
  • Group work for anxiety, low mood and self-confidence
  • Solution-focused therapy and treatment
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family work and therapy
  • Child psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Art psychotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy
  • Medication
  • Urgent support when there is an immediate mental health risk.

Support may take place over the telephone, online or face to face.

 

Where are CAMHS in Wakefield?

CAMHS can work flexibly to support you. This means we can provide appointments via the telephone, online or face to face (including at homes and in community settings). Each appointment type and location of the appointment is planned to suit your needs. Wakefield CAMHS main bases for face to face appointments include:

Airedale Health Centre in Castleford

Wakefield CAMHS – East team
Airedale Health Centre
The Square
Fryston Road
Castleford
WF10 3JJ

Telephone: 01977 735900

 

Drury Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre in Wakefield city centre

Wakefield CAMHS- West team
Drury Lane Health and Wellbeing Centre,
Drury Lane,
Wakefield,
WF1 2TE

Telephone: 01924 316950

 

When should I contact Wakefield CAMHS?

Contacting and getting support, treatment or an appointment with the team is known as making a ‘referral’.

Most people that contact or ‘refer’ into CAMHS have already received emotional and/or mental health support from another health or care professional or service. This includes; school staff, Future in Mind staff, Children’s First Hub worker, Kooth, or another counselling service. If things haven’t improved from this initial support, CAMHS can help.

It could also be that somebody else suggests that your child might need extra help, because they’ve noticed behaviours that cause them concern. Health, care, education and other professionals can make referrals to CAMHS with your consent.

CAMHS can also help with urgent concerns regarding a child or young person who needs immediate support from a mental health professional. This has previously been known as ‘crisis’ support. However, we always encourage young people, parents, carers or health, care, education and other professionals to contact CAMHS before a concern reaches this point.

 

How to contact or ‘refer’ into Wakefield CAMHS

If you’re a professional, a young person aged 16 to 17 or a parent or carer of a child or young person under the age of 18, you can contact the Wakefield CAMHS SPA team directly:

Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, on: 01977 735865.

You can also submit a referral online:

Refer online

 

Resources to help you

Wakefield CAMHS have developed a resources area which has lots of information and downloadable workbooks, leaflets and materials to help support you, or your child.

From self-help materials, to guidance for parents and families when supporting a child or young person, we hope this page is useful and welcome any ideas for resources which you would like to see on here.

Visit the resources page

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