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Livewell Southwest - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

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. 

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Address:Mount Gould Local Care Centre
200 Mount Gould Road
Telephone number: 01752 435125
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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. 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 illness 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.

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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.

Early Intervention

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.

Plymouth uses an orange 'Local Offer icon' to show services that define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Plymouth's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.

Age range
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years

  • Based: Plymouth
    • 5 to 11 years old
    • 12 to 16 years old
    • Mental health

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