Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Service
"I was listened to and it was easy for me to talk"
"We have found [CAMHS] a lifeline through very difficult time"
"I didn't feel judged, I could be truthful"
"My child's needs have come first"
"I now know what I can do in order to make steps forward and improve"
"It helped us to learn how to help ourselves as a family"
CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. It's a service for children and young people under 18 and their families and it's part of the NHS.
CAMHS is for when problems with mental health are stopping you getting on with daily life. You may feel stuck, scared or like hiding away. Usually it won't be the first help you try.
Leeds CAMHS Covid 19 update statement 29/5/20
We are continuing to respond to the Covid 19 (Corona) guidance which is set out by the Government.
Whilst we are continuing to maintain the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) where possible, you may have noticed some changes as safety continues to remain paramount and we want to keep families, children, young people and staff safe and well to prevent the spread of Covid 19. This has included replacing most face to face contact with the offer of telephone or web based contact.
MindMate Single Point of Access (MMSPA) continues to accept and triage all urgent and routine referrals, including self-referrals and directing as required.
Leeds CAMHS Adolescent In-Patient Service at Little Woodhouse Hall continues to operate as normal, however changes to visiting permissions are in place. Please contact the unit for further details.
CAMHS Crisis Team, CAMHS Outreach Team and Eating Disorders Team, also continue to operate as normal.
Community Teams have begun to offer some initial first appointments to children, young people and families who have been waiting over 12 weeks. They continue to offer urgent appointments to those who need to be seen quickly due to risk/urgency and they remain in contact with children, young people and families whom are open to the service and require a high level of contact due to risk/severity of illness.
Infant Mental Health continues to offer virtual appointments to families assessed as medium to high risk and many are now allocated to begin assessment and treatment. They have also continued to offer virtual professional consultations to health and social care professionals around families/infants with complex needs and who are high risk.
There are many helpful resources developed by our teams that can be accessed via Leeds Community Healthcare Webpage, Leeds CAMHS Facebook page or the MindMate webpage.
For all CAMH Services, if you or any member of your family has Covid like symptoms, Public Health England has requested that you do NOT enter an NHS building. If you arrive for your appointment and are displaying symptoms, you may be asked to leave and follow guidance from NHS England via the 111 webpage: WWW.111.NHS.UK
If you have any questions about your appointments, then please contact your CAMHS team as below:
Kirkstall CAMHS– 0113 8432710
Reginald CAMHS – 0113 8432710
Parkside CAMHS – 0113 8432710
Eating Disorders – 0113 8434317
Little Woodhouse Hall – 0113 3057200
Infant Mental Health – 0113 843 0841
In this video (made by Pennine CAMHS) Fran, who is 14, explains what coming to CAMHS was like for her.
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