09 September 2019

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, ‘Suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-24 in many European countries’.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are available in East London, Luton and Bedfordshire to support young people up to the age of 18 and their families cope with mental health challenges.

The services work closely with schools to identify the needs of a young person. The Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHS) project builds on successful practice that is already taking place between colleagues in schools and mental health services in City and Hackney.

‘Schools and educational provisions offer an amazing opportunity for promoting wellbeing and early detection of mental health difficulties of students through their daily contact and relationships with the teaching and support staff’ says Dr Becky Mason, Clinical Psychologist.

Through partnership working between CAMHS and education, WAMHS aims to develop whole school approaches to improve mental health and resilience by building up capacity and resources. This includes increasing early intervention and access to high quality mental health interventions for all children, young people and families across the full range of communities represented in City and Hackney.

There is a regular CAMHS link worker in each WAMHS school in City and Hackney who works with the school to develop and sustain closer working links between CAMHS and schools and provides training, consultation and support, signposting and liaison. 

CAMHS’ Extended Crisis Service Senior Nurse & Team Manager Ruth Woolhouse advises: ‘We will work with you to move you towards recovery.  We will help you to hold onto hope that things can change for the better.

Sometimes things take time to work, but our trained and qualified staff will be there to support you. You are not on your own - reaching out is a big thing to do, and you will be supported.'

To find out more about CAMHS services please access https://camhs.elft.nhs.uk/

There are valuable resources available on the Young  Minds website:  https://youngminds.org.uk/