CAMHS is a support service for young people. It offers support for and advice on a wide range of emotional difficulties that young people may experience. There are many people that work within CAMHS, such as nurses, doctors, therapists, youth workers and very friendly reception staff.

There are people who you see at the moment who you can talk to, such as teachers, GP, school nurses or counsellors. They may suggest a referral to other services. Ask them about whether CAMHS is right for you. If it isn’t, they may suggest a different service that can help you.

Our Service User and Carer Charter states that we expect you as a service user or carer to show respect to everyone with whom you interact. In line with NHS policy, the Trust has a zero tolerance approach to aggression, abuse, violence, hate crimes or incidents of anti-social behaviour towards our staff. Thank you for working with us to make work a safe place for our staff.

Information that you share with staff is confidential and will only be shared with others looking after you.

However, there are limits to confidentiality. Staff have a duty to ensure that children and young people are safe and they will need to share information if they think a child/young person may be at risk. In some circumstances staff may need to discuss a child / young person’s welfare with specialist staff within the organisation and with other agencies.

Wherever possible, they will discuss with you first, the information they intend to share.

Services available near you

South Staffordshire CAMHS Online Parent Support Group

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Join staff, and other local CAMHS families for a virtual meet-up in a safe and supportive environment.

We meet every Wednesday during term time between 1pm-2.30pm via Zoom. If you would like to join us, you can register in advance by clicking this South Staffs CAMHS Online Parent Support Group Zoom registration link (after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting).

Alternatively, you can join or find out more about the group by contacting one of the following routes:

We offer a relaxed atmosphere of friendship and support in a safe space, with occasional learning from guest speakers from local support services and charities. We welcome all families whose children are struggling with their mental health or going through CAMHs, through what can be an overwhelming and bewildering experience for many.

Evidence shows that children’s mental health improves when families and carers also receive help and support. We hope that by offering this service, the wellbeing of the whole family, not just the child or young person, will improve.

We hope to see you soon.