Covid-19 and related government lockdown service update.
CAMHS have put together the following documents to update and help families and young people know how to manage their well-being and mental health, with support if needed, during the current government enforced lockdown.
COVID-19 resources for parents-carers CAMHS (information, resources and links)
Short leaflet that helpfully identifies sources of support for a those experiencing different levels of difficulty and includes current contact numbers for a range of eventualities.
Who we are...
Specialist CAMHS is a mental health service for children and young people who aged up to 18 years old and who and live in Hackney.
The team consists of a mixed group of health professionals including:
- consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists
- clinical psychologists
- child psychotherapists
- systemic family therapists
- clinical nurse specialists
- junior doctors from the Great Ormond Street/Royal London child and adolescent mental health training scheme
What we do:
This service assesses and treats children and young people who:
- have symptoms of a serious mental health disorder or difficulty
- are unable to live a normal life and /or be with other people because of the way they are thinking and feeling about themselves or other people
- are experiencing serious risks to their emotional and psychological wellbeing and development because of the way they are thinking and feeling about themselves or other people
- safeguarding concerns
Specialist CAMHS offers assessment and help to children, young people and their families with significant emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.
This service also offers assessment and diagnosis for children and young people with autism or ADHD via referral.
CAMHS offers families and young people:
- different kinds of talking therapies to help the child, young person and family either separately or together
- advice to other services used by the child, young person and family
- in agreement with the child, young person and family CAMHS may offer different kinds of medication treatments to help the child
CAMHS Autism support @ Homerton Row:
City and Hackney Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide services for children and young people with mental health problems.
If you think your child or young person with ASD has a co-existing mental health presentation such as anxiety or depression and the problems do not go away or they begin to seriously interfere with their everyday lives (e.g. not going to school, not eating or sleeping) a referral to the CAMHS team may be helpful to provide you and your family with professional help and advice.
You can be referred by a professional who knows your child e.g. GP or School SENCo.
“PEGASUS is a psychoeducation group for parents of children who have been recently diagnosed in Hackney with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Psycoeducation means education offered to individuals and their families to help empower them and deal with their condition in the best way.
The 2 morning sessions are 3 hours long and aim to help parents understand more about ASD and learn ways of managing their child’s difficulties related to ASD.
To access these sessions you will be referred by the autism assessment team you received the diagnosis from if it is the most appropriate group for you”.
ASD Parent Groups:
For parents of children and young people with ASD Hackney offers monthly parent groups which aim to offer professional advice and support parents with on-going difficulties they experience with their child with ASD. The groups are run between Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy and cover a different topic each month.
Groups are held at CAMHS Homerton Row on the first Friday of the Month 9.30-11.30am
CAMHS Alliance was created in April 2015, to develop better ways of partners and organisations working together to deliver care services that can reach more children, young people, families, schools and the wider community.
CAMHS Alliance includes teams working with partner agencies to provide a service for specific groups of children and young people:
- the Adolescent Mental Health Team (AMHT),
- CAMHS Disability Service
- Children and Families - Clinical Service
- Family Action
- Off Centre - Hackney Young People's Counselling, Advice and Information Service
Coborn Adolescent Unit
This is an in-patient and day patient services for young people who have a serious psychiatric illness including psychosis. Young people from Hackney may attend or be admitted is their support needs are very significant. The unit is based at Newham General Hospital.
Find out more: Coborn Adolescent Unit
Record Last Updated on: 07/05/2020