CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)
CAMHS aims to make sure than no one goes without the support they need. In Oxfordshire they provide a wide range of mental health services for children and young people (CAMHS) and community services.
CAMHS offers two pathways for providing mental health services for children and adolescents.
The CAMHS – Getting Help pathway provides an early intervention which is time limited. This is the first level of help they offer for children and young people with emotional or mental health difficulties. You would normally work with one main mental health worker who will often have a background in nursing, social work, or occupational therapy. CAMHS – Getting Help offers children and young people opportunities to learn new skills to support them in managing emotional or mental health difficulties and also supports parents and carers.
The CAMHS – Getting More Help pathway works with children and young people who may need help over a longer period of time and/or who need more professionals to be involved. This could be because of something significant which has happened in their life, or just because more help is needed. It is different for everyone, and they try to treat everyone as an individual. They also support parents and carers too.
CAMHS – Getting More Help will treat children or young people in an emergency if they need help for a serious mental illness, like if they are feeling very low and have been thinking about harming themselves.
They offer evidence-based treatment, which means that the treatment has been tested to make sure that it works. You might be seen individually, with a family member or in a group with other young people who have similar difficulties: they will ask you what you prefer.
How to Access this Service
If you need their services, you can request help via their self-referral form, or you can use the details below: