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Understanding how mental health problems present and develop in children, young people and adults is also central to specialist CAMHS work.

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Providing ‘universal’ support services in schools and communities to identify mental health problems earlier and improving access for young people who need the support of specialist services like CAMHS.

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Coordinate and address individual needs

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Work with all relevant agencies to ensure that services for children and young people with mental health problems are coordinated and address their individual needs, providing a holistic approach. From: england.nhs.uk

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Although the mental health of the young person is the main focus of assessments and interventions, the impact of adult mental health problems in the parent/carer also needs to be considered and understood by staff.

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Clear information about sources of help, and mental health problems is needed for young people and families to give them more opportunity to help themselves. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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Peer support for transitions

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Helping young people move on to using adult mental health services with peer support

A peer support scheme has been launched to help young people move on to using adult mental health services. The scheme provides peer support workers to enhance the transition process for young people, when they move from CAMHS to adult mental health services.

Clinical Lead/Senior CAMHS Practitioner, Sharon Jeffreys said: “We’re hoping that the peer support workers will not only act as positive role models for the service users, but also that, as they have had first hand experience of accessing mental health services, they will be able to empathise with and reassure young people, and promote the fact that people can and do recover from mental health problems.”

Source: doncasterfreepress.co.uk – read more here

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Epic Friends

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The Sheffield CAMHS team have developed the awesome Epic Friends website to help young people who think their friends may have mental health problems. The site offers advice on a range of issues including bullying, depression, anxiety, family problems, self-harm and eating disorders. It also offers guidance on when to seek help and where to go for further support.

http://epicfriends.co.uk/

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NHS Choices

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NHS Choices website: Young people and mental health

This information hub on the NHS Choices website offers young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

View it here

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High risk groups

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High risk groups

Groups at higher risk than their peers for mental health problems include:

  • Young offenders and children from a criminal background.
  • Children who are being looked after by local authorities or who have recently ended a period of public care.
  • Children with learning difficulties.
  • Children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Children who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused.
  • Children with a chronic physical illness.
  • Children with a physical disability.
  • Children with sensory impairments.
  • Children of parents with mental illness.
  • Children of parents with a substance abuse problem.
  • Children who have experienced or witnessed sudden and extreme trauma.
  • Children who are refugees.

Source: Department of Health – read full guide here

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Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme

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Camden CAMHS and the Anna Freud Centre ran a project as part of their Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships programme. They wanted to use shared decision making to support young people with mental health problems and their families to make informed choices and become active partners in their treatment.

The project was very successful, proving that shared decision-making is not just a powerful tool for physical health issues. Clinicians reported that using shared decision making radically changed the way they interacted with service users, making relationships more open and transparent. Young people reported feeling more engaged and involved in their care, more able to take responsibility for their actions and more committed to following care plans they’d been involved in developing. The team found evidence of improved outcomes in individual cases and anecdotal evidence from nurses in an outpatient unit, suggested that shared decision making led to fewer incidences of aggressive behaviour. From here

Read more about the CAMHS project or watch a video interview with Kate Martin from Camden CAMHS.

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