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How do I get an appointment at CAMHS?

If you are struggling with your emotions, we would encourage you to speak to someone in your family or your teacher, school nurse or GP to share how you are feeling. If they think it would be useful for you to meet with us, they will make a request for support explaining why they think we should meet with you.

In some of our locations we have the opportunity for you to self-refer into our service and meet with us directly to talk through how you are feeling and what support is available for you, please contact your local team if you would like to self-refer.

Will people find out I’m seeing CAMHS?

Generally, the only people who will know you’re seeing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is the person who made your request for support, for example your school nurse or general practitioner, and in most cases, your family or carers. It’s up to you whether or not you tell other people that you are coming.

We will ask you and your family for permission to discuss your care with other professionals – like your school. Very occasionally, if staff are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, they may have to speak to other professionals. We will always try to discuss with you who we need to talk to and what we’re going to say, in a supportive and open way.

Will you tell my parents what I say?

We realise that there may be things you want to talk about that you might not want your parents to know. We respect this, and what you tell us in individual meetings will stay between you and your CAMHS worker unless we become very concerned about your safety or the safety of others. Before sharing anything with your parents we would always aim to talk with you about it first.

If you have any other questions about privacy please talk to your CAMHS worker.