Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) aims to provide help to children and young people up to 18 years old, and their families, who are having moderate to severe emotional, behavioural, developmental, psychological or relationship difficulties.
Young people attend CAMHS for a number of different reasons, such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Clinics are held at Albion Road clinic in North Shields and Baliol Centre in Longbenton Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Referral is through a range of professionals including GPs, social workers and public health nurses in schools.
You may meet several different kinds of professionals in CAMHS. The team includes nurses, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, an art therapist and primary mental health workers. All staff are trained in assessment of children and young people, and some staff have additional specialist training. You will be told who you will be coming to see.
If you are referred to CAMHS you’ll receive a letter from our service offering you an initial appointment. This will include the name of the member of staff you will meet and the location of the department.
The first appointment lasts around 1½ hours and we will usually arrange to see you for two appointments to assess your needs. You will meet the healthcare professional we think may be able to support you and your family. These appointments give you the opportunity to tell us more about you, such as why you have come to CAMHS, a bit about who you live with, your school, college or work and what is important in your life. At the end of the assessment process, the healthcare professional will discuss with you what they think may be the problem, and work with you to agree what the best way of helping will be.
You will always be given plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Please let us know if you don’t understand, or if you disagree with, what is being said as it’s important to get our assessment and treatment plan right.
Bringing someone to your appointment
Who you bring to the appointments is up to you, however it’s often helpful for your family or carers to be involved. You will also have the opportunity to speak to staff on your own.
Whatever you say to a member of staff will be confidential, unless they feel you or anybody else is in danger of being harmed. If this happens, your CAMHS worker will talk to you about who they need to tell and what details will be shared.
If we decide we are the best service for you, the type of treatment will vary depending on the problem. Some of our treatments include:
Individual talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Art Therapy
Behavioural therapies including support for parents with behaviour management strategies
Group therapies including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Medication may be available to treat some problems
Referrals from professionals
If you are a health or educational professional, or a social worker, and are concerned about a child you can refer them directly into our service. Please see our accessibility criteria and referral form below:
Albion Road Clinic
Telephone: 0191 219 6685
Telephone: 0191 200 7435