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Children and Families Hub
Who we are
The Child, Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers support to young people, their families, and to other professionals.
We help young people between the age of 10 to 18 years old who may be experiencing difficulties with their mental health or want to explore assessments to learn more about their brains, emotions and behaviours. This can be the way you think and feel, how you feel on the inside or the emotions that you feel and how much they affect you.
We can also help young people explore and learn about their brains, sometimes looking into whether they are neurodiverse. Neurodiversity means that you think, learn, communicate, and do things differently to others. Common examples of neurodiversity include autism, ADHD, and dyslexia.
We offer assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children and young people suffering from:
- emotional difficulties
- behavioural difficulties
- relationship difficulties
- developmental difficulties
- other mental health issues
We have a team of professionals who can support you at CAMHS. They include:
- mental health practitioners
We have 5 different teams. The support you receive may be from one of these teams, or a mix of a few.
Duty and assessment team
We receive requests for you to be seen at CAMHS. We help make the decision to what team you can receive the best care from. We also do one to one work with people who are struggling in very difficult times.
Early intervention team
We work with young people who experience mild to moderate levels of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression.
This can be done through one to one sessions or group support. We are often based in all the schools across the Island, which means we can support you more easily. We also provide advice, training and support to teachers and parents.
We provide higher level support to young people and / or their families. This often includes one to one therapy for a range of different topics, including:
- Obssessive Compusive Disorder (OCD)
- eating disorders, and more
We also offer family therapy, group therapy, and options for exploring medication.
Looked After Children Service
We ensure that all young people who do not currently live with their parents / families and are in residential homes are receiving the care they need to promote positive mental health.
We offer a range of support including assessments to find out whether you are neurodiverse, for example autistic, or have ADHD, or any other brain differences. We also offer opportunities for post diagnostic support, and help for family members, either during drop-ins, group sessions or one to one support.
Appointments and assessments
You need to be referred to us by a professional for an appointment or assessment. Talk to one of the following professionals to arrange a referral:
- General practitioners (GPs)
- consultant paediatricians / hospital doctors
- health visitors and school nurses
- school counsellors
- educational psychologists / inclusion and early intervention team
- social workers
- youth action team / residential services
- Educational needs co-ordinator
They will then contact us and we'll be in touch to offer our services, if required.
How to get help or support
If you need help or support with a child or teenager's wellbeing or mental health contact our
Children and Families Hub.
The hub is available:
- Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
- Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Call: +44 (0) 1534 519000
You can talk with experienced mental health nurses that can guide you to the best service for your needs.