Frequently asked questions

What does CAMHS stand for?

The letters CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

How does CAMHS help?

We work with children, young people and their families/carers when there are worries and concerns about how they are coping with life and how this might be affecting them. This could be relationships at home, school or friends. It might be that you are feeling sad, finding it hard to eat or sleep or notice that you are behaving differently to how you used to.

Where is CAMHS?

We are based at Torbay Hospital Annexe, but we work from lots of other places. We may see you at school, your GP’s surgery or at home.

Who works in CAMHS?

The people in CAMHS are trained and have skills in working with children, young people and their families. Some of the people you may meet includes; nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, family therapists, psychotherapists, primary mental health workers and doctors.

Before you see us

Once your appointment is made, you will receive a letter and be asked to complete various questionnaires to help us understand what your worries and concerns are.

Either on your own or with your parent or carer please try and answer the questions. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers any information you provide will be helpful.

Please remember to bring the questionnaires with you on your first appointment. Please give the questionnaire to the receptionist.

You might also find it helpful to write down things you want to say and things you want to ask. Write your thoughts and questions down and bring them with you.

During your first appointment, the clinician will also complete a form with you. You can see a sample copy of the form.

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