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Mental Health in Children

Children and young people up to 18 years old have access to specialist support for conditions such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders through Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS).

The aim is to get support and treatment for families at the right time by providing them with the right service to support their needs. This could be self-guided help or counselling, through to more specialist support for complex conditions.

To help them make decisions about the care they offer the local CAMHS team in Hampshire will have access to cutting edge research and support. This will ensure that the treatment offered to families is based on evidence, and that the needs of children and young people, and their families, are at the centre of any decisions made about the service.

Sussex Partnership works closely with local organisations such as No Limits, a counselling and advice charity, to provide more joined up health and wellbeing services. No Limits acts as an umbrella organisation, bringing together local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

In addition CAMHS works closely with Autism Hampshire to support families whose child has been diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

There is a CAMHS Single Point of Access (SPA), to help families, GPs and schools to get advice and support. All referrals will be considered by a single team of specialist mental health workers from CAMHS and a local counselling service. They are able to make faster decisions about the most appropriate treatment and put the family in touch with the service directly.

Families will also have to wait less time for their first appointment as the aim is for all young people to be seen within four weeks of being referred to CAMHS.

A specialist Eating Disorder Service has also been developed within CAMHS to work with young people and families affected by eating issues. Families will have a quick, specialist assessment and their treatment will be managed by the specialist team.

Getting help from Hampshire CAMHS

Children and young people can talk to a GP, teacher or social worker about getting an appointment with CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) if they think they need specialist support.

They can also approach CAMHS direct by calling 0300 304 0050, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Trained mental health staff will talk to children and young people about the issues they are having and how they, or one of their partner organisations, may be able to help.

Alternatively download the simple referral form, fill it in and send it back to CAMHS at SPNT.HantsCamhsSpa@nhs.net. The form asks some questions about the individual, or the person they are worried about, to help find out about the difficulties being experienced. Once CAMHS receive this information someone will get in touch to discuss how they may be able to help.

There is also a simple guide to CAMHS services which explains what the service offers, how to access support and what to expect at the first appointment – see link under additional information below.

Additional information

Starting Well – Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People in Hampshire 2019-2024

Hampshire specialist CAMHS – information booklet.

Hampshire CAMHS Website

No Limits Website – counselling and advice charity for children and young people

Autism Hampshire Website  – resources for families whose children have autism

Looked-after children and self-harm podcast – This episode covers what self-harm is and how social workers can support young people and carers

Hampshire CAMHS Posters (available for download & display):