Wigan CAMHS

 

 

 

What does CAMHS mean?

CAMHS stands for -The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Our approach is to work "with" familes rather than "on" them. Our aim is to help you find the solutions that work best for you and your family.


On this page we aim to give you as much information as possible, to explain what we can do to help you or your child.

 

 

 

Who is the service for?

We’re here for people aged up to 18, and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life.

These are just some of the things we can help with, so contact us anyway if you’re concern is not in that list.

 

 

 


 

Referral Information for you or your Families

If you think that you or your child has mental health needs that require our support, you can be referred by any professional working with your child/family. Also please be aware that we cannot accept referrals directly from children or their families. If you have any concerns, please contact any of the following listed below first:

  • Your GP / Family Doctor
  • School Health Adviser / School Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Community Health Professional




 

Once I have been referred, what happens next?

Usually you will be invited to attend a first appointment with your parents/carers. We call this a Choice appointment. At this appointment we decide together whether the people within CAMHS and the service is the right one to help you or your child to get better. If not we will discuss other ways in which you can be helped. If we decide that CAMHS is right for you, we will arrange to meet again at what is called a Partnership appointment.

 

 

 

 

What is a Partnership Appointment?


At a Partnership appointment, you will meet the person who will manage your care and help you to get better at CAMHS. They will talk to you about your concerns and worries, this will help us to get a better understanding of how you are feeling. We will also talk about recent events, home life, your developmental, medical and school history. We will also talk to you about important people such as your friends, relatives or any other professional people that you have seen. Normally after this appointment we will be able to talk about what help we can offer to help to make you start to feel better.

 

What we aim to do, to make you feel better?

We aim to make sure that all children and young people, up to their 18th birthday, who have mental health problems have access to good quality mental health services when they need them. We are a a specialist service providing support and therapeutic intervention to children, young people and their familes who are experiencing complex, persistent and severe emotional and psychological problems.

We understand that everyone has different abilities, backgrounds and may be from another ethnic group. Everyone is welcome in our service, and we will make sure that no-one is treated unfairly.

Who will I see?

There are different people who can help depending on what’s bothering you. These can include a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mental Health Practitioner, and Specialist Registrar in Child Psychiatry. Each person helps in different ways, and sometimes also has trainees that you might see.

If we think it can help, after listening to you at our first meeting, you might see people who specialise in particular issues such as Neuropsychology, Anger Management or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

We will always talk to you and your family before agreeing what to do though.

There is more information for you below:

What type of professionals work in the Wigan CAMHS service?

The following professionals work in the Wigan CAMHs Service:

  • Child Psychiatrists
  • Child Psychologists
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
  • Specialist Nurses
  • Family Therapist
  • Learning Disability Nurse
  • Mental Health Practitioners
  • Admin Team

 

Will my information be confidential?


We take confidentiality very seriouslly. During your first appointment, we will explain how we store information and who has access to it. We will also seek your views about sharing infromation and will ask for your permission to contact people.

 

Who can I contact to find out more?

There are different people who can help depending on what’s bothering you. These can include a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mental Health Practitioner, and Specialist Registrar in Child Psychiatry. Each person helps in different ways, and sometimes also has trainees that you might see.

If we think it can help, after listening to you at our first meeting, you might see people who specialise in particular issues such as Neuropsychology, Anger Management or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  We will always talk to you and your family before agreeing what to do though.

Advice Line


Our service Advice Line is open to everyone including families, children and carers. If you need to speak to us , just ring 01942 775400 and a member of our team will be available to speak to you. The Advice Line is open: Monday to Thursday 8.30pm - 5pm, Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

 

Where to Find Us


We work from a variety of bases within other children"s services e.g. schools, community clinics, etc, in addition to our main base in Manchester Road, Ince.

Child & Family Mental Health Service
155/157 Manchester Road
Higher Ince
Wigan
WN2 2JA

Tel:  01942 775400
Fax: 01942 775403

Click here for directions

Mon to Thurs - 8.30am - 5.00pm
Friday - 8.30am - 4.30pm


We do not provide a crisis or out of hours service however young people requiring urgent medical attention should attend their nearest A & E Department. NHS 111 service is also available by calling 111 or you can find out further information on line here. Non urgent messages can be left on our answerphone which will be picked up the next working day.

What are our Opening Times?


We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm on an outpatient basis. We can also arrange specialist NHS residential services.

Local Links

Wigan Council

Peoples Voice
Email: Peoples.voice@alwpct.nhs.uk
Tel: 01942 481150


You can view a map with directions to help you find us:


 

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