Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is the service that provides advice, support and help to children and young people from 0-18 years and their families across Hertfordshire. CAMHS can help with many problems including depression, anxiety, aggression, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder among others. CAMHS has a tier system to make sure the most suitable services are being used.
Tier 1: General service for everyone, provided by practitioners who are not mental health specialists working in universal services; for example GPs, health visitors, social workers, teachers. Practitioners offer general advice and treatment for less severe problems, including referral to more specialist services, identifying problems early in their development and promoting and raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing and the importance of a healthy active lifestyle.
Tier 2: Practitioners at this level tend to be CAMHS specialists who work in community and primary care - for example, psychologists, counsellors and primary mental health workers working in GP practices, schools, paediatric clinics and youth services.
In this tier, practitioners offer consultation to families and outreach to identify severe and complex needs which may require more specialist interventions and assessment. This tier includes services such as counselling.
Tier 3: Specialised community services for those with more persistent and complex problems.
Tier 4: Highly specialised services for those whose problems cannot be managed at Tier 3. May include hospital care or specialist units to help those with the most serious problems
How can I access this service?
Access to CMHT services is through a referral from your GP or through self-referral via the Single Point of Access (SPA). Call SPA on 0300 777 0707, 8am-7pm, Monday to Friday.
During out of hours, call the Hertfordshire Mental Health Helpline on 01438 843322, 5pm- 9am weekdays and 24 hours a day at weekends and on bank holidays.
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