CAMHS provides a comprehensive assessment and treatment service for a wide range of problems related to mental health in those under the age of 18.
What CAMHS is and what we provide
CAMHS is available to young people under the age of 18 years who may have problems with their thoughts or feelings, their families and/or carers.
These problems can include; fear and anxiety, depression and low mood, behavioural problems, eating disorders and early onset psychosis. As a service, we work with young people individually; parents and / or carers; and whole families. We also work in close liaison with other professionals who are involved with young people (such as social workers, teachers and medical staff).
To find about more about what to expect if you come to CAMHS, and your rights, please click on the following link: What to expect from CAMHS [273kb].
Information about who works at CAMHS can be found under 'Downloads'
The services that can be accessed through CAMHS include:
- Family Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Decider Skills
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
- Developmental and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) assessment and treatment
- Psychiatric Assessments
- Parental Interventions e.g. The Incredible years
For more information on the types of mental health problems that are dealt with by CAMHS, please visit our YouTube channel where we have uploaded a series of psycho-education talks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVpCjVGzWh-NDhk-5Nr47ow
Mental Health and Wellbeing
- There can be confusion around the different words used connected with mental health and wellbeing. Some people are not comfortable with the term 'mental' because they associate it with mental illness. However, mental health is an essential part of health and is as important as physical health. Wellbeing refers to how we feel or how happy we are about our lives as a whole, or specific bits of it.
- It is important to remember that it is natural to feel happy when something positive happens to you, to feel sad or angry when a bad event occurs, or scared and anxious if you are dealing with something worrying. Part of ensuring good mental health and wellbeing is recognising that it is natural to feel different emotions, but also knowing when you perhaps need some help in dealing with life events and mental health conditions.
- Here are 5 simple, but important activities that you can include in your daily routine to improve your personal wellbeing and possibly prevent the development of a mental health problem. You can think of these as your '5 a day' for mental wellbeing! Getting your 5 a day will increase your overall satisfaction and happiness, reduce stress and anxiety and promote positive mental health (as evidenced through research).
Links to helpful mental health information
- Get.gg: Resource for general information on Guernsey and information on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help with various mental health problems.
- The Hub: A safe space where you can access up to date information and advice as well as talk to trained listeners about anything and everything that is going on in your life.
- Youngminds: A leading UK charity which aims to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people while empowering their parents and carers. Useful information divided into age relevant sections, including videos, podcasts, and disorder/treatment advice.
- Moodgym: A free interactive programme based on CBT. Aims to identify and overcome problems of emotion, with advice on how to develop adaptive coping skills.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists: Useful fact sheets for parents and young people regarding mental health and growing up.
How to give feedback to CAMHS
- At CAMHS we look to provide the best possible service we can for you and so your views are very important to us.
- If you would like to give us your views, please either visit our feedback survey website, or
- Print off and fill in one of our feedback questionnaires (see 'Downloads') and send/drop off to us