Mental Health - children and young people

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is used by the NHS as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.

Children and young people may need help with a wide range of issues at different points in their lives.

Parents and carers may also need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing.

Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the needs of children and young people.

They're multidisciplinary teams that often consist of:

  • psychiatrists
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • nurses
  • support workers
  • occupational therapists
  • psychological therapists – this may include child psychotherapists, family psychotherapists, play therapists and creative art therapists
  • primary mental health link workers
  • specialist substance misuse workers

In Southend, Essex and Thurrock the CAMHS service is the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people.

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