Q. What does CAMHS stand for?
A. CAMHS stands for ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’.
Q. Who provides CAMHS in Calderdale?
A. CAMHS in Calderdale is provided by Northpoint Wellbeing Limited (Tier 2) and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Tier 3).
The two organisations work together to provide a service for children, young people and their families.
Q. How can I refer a child or young person to CAMHS?
A. Any professional who works with children, young people and families can refer into CAMHS via the First Point of Contact on 01422 300 001. The First Point of Contact is a single entry point for all referrals (both Tier 2 and Tier 3 CAMHS).
At present we do not accept direct referrals from parent and carers.
For more details go to How to refer page.
Q. Who works in CAMHS?
A. Calderdale CAMHS is provided by two teams of professionals with a range of training and skills working with children, young people and their families.
- Primary mental health workers
- Family therapists
- Play and art therapists
Q. What sort of issues can CAMHS help with?
A. Tier 2 CAMHS helps parents and professionals to address concerns about the emotional or mental health of a child or young person up to age 18. CAMHS may become more closely involved if there is evidence that the concern is continuing despite efforts to address it by those who currently know the child.
The remit of Tier 3 specialist CAMHS is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of more complex conditions such as ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, or where the problem is of greater severity, complexity, and duration.
The Tier 3 team works with:
- Developmental disorders such as autism and we are part of the ASD assessment process
- ADHD where medication is needed and as part of a wider team including colleagues from social care and education
- Persistent anxiety disorders and phobias
- Severe emotional disturbance with behaviour problems
- Eating disorders
- Problems that may arise following trauma (PTSD)
- Moderate to severe mental illness arising as a result of bereavement, injuries or serious health problems
- Suicidal acts and serious threats to the self
Q. Where does CAMHS work?
A. The services are based in offices at Clare Road and Laura Mitchell Health Centre in Halifax. Appointments are offered in these bases and in a wide range of community venues across Calderdale, including children’s centres, colleges, schools and GP surgeries.