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How do I refer to CAMHS in Scotland?

How do I refer to CAMHS in Scotland?

Referrals to Fife CAMHS can only be made by professionals working with children and young people. If you are a parent or carer and have concerns about your child’s mental health, please contact your health visitor, school, GP or other professional involved with your family.

What do CAMHS help with?

CAMHS stands for Child and adolescent mental health services. It’s a free service run by your local NHS and is made up of medical and mental health professionals. CAMHS can help if you’re going through mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hearing voices, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts.

What is the criteria for CAMHS?

Specialist CAMHS services are available to children and young people who have severe, complex and enduring emotional/behavioural/mental health difficulties. Specialist CAMHS will accept referrals of children and young people whose symptoms or distress and degree of social and/or functional impairment are severe.

What are the tiers in CAMHS?

HPFT offer CAMHS services at Tier 3 and Tier 4. Tier 1 provide early intervention and prevention services and are provided through schools and children’s centres, health visitors, school nurses, GPs, Youth Connexions, helplines and websites. Tier 2 provides early help and targeted services.

Why has my child been referred to CAMHS?

CAMHS is the name for the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. CAMHS support covers depression, problems with food and eating, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety, among other difficulties.

What is the Mental Health Act Scotland?

Mental Health Act The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 applies to people who have a mental illness, learning disability, or related condition. The Act calls this mental disorder. Most of the time, when people become unwell, they understand that they need treatment.

What powers do CAMHS have?

In addition to providing support for children, CAMHS can also help parents and carers who need help and advice to deal with behavioural or other problems their child is experiencing.

Does CAMHS prescribe medication?

Child psychiatrists are the only CAMHS professionals who can prescribe medication if it is needed. Sometimes specially trained CAMHS nurses may prescribe for some illnesses (e.g. like ADHD).

What is a CAMHS assessment?

CAMHS offers assessment and help to children, young people and their families with emotional, behavioral and mental health difficulties. We assess, and where possible find ways of working with, the child or young person and those who look after them.

Can CAMHS diagnose ADHD?

Your GP (or CAMHS worker, if appropriate) can also discuss your concerns and explore if the difficulties fit an ADHD diagnosis in more detail. CAMHS may offer a support for ADHD symptoms when this is present alongside a primary mental illness.

What does Tier 4 CAMHS mean?

CAMHS Tier 4 are specialised services that provide assessment and treatment for children and young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. There are four tiers of care. Tiers one to three are community or outpatient-based and commissioned by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.

How long does it take to get referred to CAMHS?

Our average waiting time for initial assessments is 15 weeks and for treatment is 54 weeks. It is important to understand that some young people are seen much sooner, and unfortunately some will wait much longer. We are working hard to address these challenges and we are increasing resources in response.