Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the needs of children and young people with more significant mental health problems.
We are a diverse team, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, mental health practitioners, cognitive behavioural therapists, family therapists and counsellors.
How we can help
We help children and young people up to the age of 18 years, up to 19 for neurodevelopmental disorders, and provide support to families and carers.
Some of the problems that we can help with include:
- Eating disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self-harm · ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
- More complex psychological difficulties
We also provide consultation, advice and training to other agencies and accept referrals from a wide range of professionals.
In our team we come from a range of clinical and professional backgrounds, such as psychiatrists, nurses, social workers or psychologists, among others.
How to access the service
If you are a health and education professional, you can report concerns about the emotional or mental health and wellbeing of a child or young person.
Please complete our referral form below and send it to our single point of access.
Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Early Attachment Service
We work in partnership with Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation (part of the Northern Care Alliance group), Thinking Ahead (part of the Big Life Group) and Home Start.
We promote the importance of parent and infant mental health and the first relationship an infant has with their parent or carer. We work with you and your baby during pregnancy, and with you and your babies and young children up until their second birthday.
You can access support by speaking to your GP, midwife, health visitor or any other professional who is supporting you and your family.
The Perinatal Trauma and Loss Service - PETALS
Is a trauma informed talking therapies service working across Greater Manchester. We offer psychological and therapeutic support for women and people residing in Greater Manchester, who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties as a direct result of perinatal loss.
Practitioners please log in to see further guidance and referral form.
If you are in crisis and you feel that you need support urgently then you should do one of the following:
- Talk to an adult, friend or somebody that you trust as soon as you can.
The following sources of support might also be helpful:
- Childline Tel: 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
- Samaritans Tel: 08457 90 90 90 or visit www.samaritans.org
Papyrus offers support to young people feeling suicidal Tel: 0800 068 4141 https://www.papyrus-uk.org/help-advice
If you are already being seen by CAMHS and it is during office hours (Monday -Friday 9am - 5pm), call your CAMHS worker:
- You can also call NHS Emergency & Urgent Care Services by dialling 111
- If you do not currently have a CAMHS worker, or it is outside of office hours, or if you need urgent medical attention you should attend A&E. When you get to A&E you will be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible.
If you are already open to CAMHS and have a Crisis Plan, please follow the plan. You should have a written copy of it. If not, contact your case manager and ask for a new copy of the plan.
If you are open to CAMHS and do not have a Crisis Plan, please ring your local CAMHS and ask to speak to your case manager. If he or she is not available, ask to speak to the duty worker.
If you are NOT already open to CAMHS and are feeling suicidal please either go to A&E or access emergency services.
You are not alone. Please reach out for help.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Birch Hill Hospital
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