Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - Livewell Southwest
The role of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is promote the mental health and psychological well-being of children and young people.
200 Mount Gould Road
Almost half of all mental health problems occur before age 14, so making sure the right services - tailored to the needs of younger people and children - are in place to support them is really important.
Livewell Southwest's CAMHS has multidisciplinary teams that offer a high quality service to all children and young people between the ages of 5 - 18 who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. This includes mental health nurses, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists whose priority is to work quickly to provide an effective assessment, treatment plan and therapeutic support for individuals, and their families.
We have dedicated CAMHS teams for different treatment pathways, including at Plym Bridge House, a tier 4 tertiary unit that supports 12 to 18 year olds with serious mental ill-health from across Devon and Cornwall. Plym Bridge House is a 12 bed, purpose-designed general adolescent psychiatric unit at the Plymouth International Business Park which opened in June 2011.
The overarching aim of Plym Bridge House is to provide care and treatment for young people in a welcoming, safe environment, for the minimum amount of time that is possible. The unit serves the population of four health areas: Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon and Torbay.
Plymouth CAMHS provides specialist mental health assessment and treatment to children and young people registered with a Plymouth GP who have significant, complex or enduring emotional or mental health difficulties.
Services we provide
CAMHS delivers services for Children and Young People aged 0-18 years (19 years if within the care system). Consultation needs to happen with consent from the parent, carer or young person.
This involves early detection and provision of preventative or short term support to children and families in need, usually between 6 - 10 sessions. The 0 - 5 years stream of the service will also provide longer term work if necessary. Intervention at this stage is provided to children and young people who are experiencing early mental health and or emotional difficulties, they may also be engaging in risky behaviours which are progressively impacting the child's, young person's and/or families psychological/social/educational functioning. This stream of the service includes TAMHS and Triangular consultations via schools.
Longer term work
This can involve specialist diagnostic assessment and the provision of the psychological, systemic and/or pharmacology therapy. Intervention at this stage is provided to the children and young people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health and emotional difficulties which are having a significant impact on daily psychological/social/educational functioning.
Exceptions to this will be considered on an individual basis and will not apply to those responses that are required to be rapid - i.e. same day, next day, 7 day requests for assessment due to escalating risk
CAMHS clinicians are appropriately qualified and have experience in a variety of fields including Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Mental Health Nursing, Creative Therapies, Social Work Paediatric nursing.
- 5 to 11 years old
- 12 to 16 years old
- Mental health
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