We help children and young people from birth to 18 years who experience emotional, behavioural and other psychological difficulties, including support for their families. Examples of issues include: anxiety, fear and panic, low mood, sadness and depression, feeling lonely, grief after bereavement or loss, anger, separation, bullying, family difficulties, eating less than usual or overeating, thoughts of suicide or self-harming. Working with young people are Practitioners, Nurses, Child Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and other professionals.
As with adults, children and young people also suffer from stress, anxiety or depression and it’s important to seek help early if you notice any difficulties that may include:
Further information about mental health and wellbeing can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/
There are 5 specialist CAMHS teams across Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board:
Wrexham CAMHS Team
Child Health Centre
Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Flintshire CAMHS Team
Catherine Gladstone House
Denbighshire CAMHS Team
Royal Alexandra Hospital
Conwy CAMHS Team
Gwynedd & Yns Mon CAMHS Team
Phones are operated: Monday to Friday 09: 00-17: 00
The Specialist CAMHS Single Point of Access (CAMHS SPoA) reviews all referral requests and provides telephone consultation and advice for professionals where there is a concern about the emotional wellbeing or mental health of a child or young person. The delivery of the CAMHS SPoA is underpinned by the same principles in all teams across North Wales, however the protocol followed by individual SPoAs may differ in local teams where service improvement methods are being tested or local variations require an alternative approach.
The information received on the referral form given will determine whether an urgent response is required.
A new referral will need to be made. Requests are checked by a specialist CAMHS professional to determine urgency. Known information from any previous involvement with specialist CAMHS will be taken into account.
If you/your family member are already open to CAMHS, you will have been contacted to review your appointments in light of Covid-19, and together you will agree whether appointments will continue by telephone, using virtual meetings like Skype, using email to keep in touch, carry on face to face, or whether you and your family prefer to see how things go and pick up if needed at a later date. If face-to-face appointments are arranged they will be different than usual, in line with government advice on social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment.