Welcome to CAMHS
The outbreak of coronavirus and self-isolation has been really difficult for many young people. If you are struggling, we understand and are here to help.
Mental health is the way we think and feel. We all go through times when we feel worried, confused or down. Mental health problems are when difficulties get in the way of how we think and feel. This can mean that we find it hard to cope with family life, relationships, school or the wider world.
Everyone experiences anxiety or feeling down but when these problems don't go away you may need some extra support. Mental health conditions include such things as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. We can help you deal with these difficulties.
If you work or live in Bedfordshire, City & Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets, ELFT CAMHS is here to help. If you live elsewhere please visit the NHS Find a Service website to find your local CAMHS service.
What we help with
Mental health conditions are problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Dealing with these problems can be hard so it is important that you get the support you need.
Who can we help
Having trouble sleeping, tantrums, feeling sad, worried about school or difficulties with friends? We listen to the worries and help you and your family work out how to make things better. Talking about your worries is called therapy; we can do this through games, quizzes, painting and other fun activities.
Our mental health can go up and down. You might be finding it hard to move past feeling low, anxious or sad. Mental health problems are more common than you think; there are lots of celebrities who have spoken about their mental health problems e.g. Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Zayn Malik, Stormzy and Justin Bieber.
If you're worried about your child's mental health, you are not alone. According to the Mental Health foundation, 1 in 10 young people experience mental health problem from the ages 5 to 16. We can provide assessment and treatment for your child, we also work with parents and families.
Talking about what's bothering you can help to make your worries more manageable. If you're finding it hard to talk, there are lots of organisations where you can speak to someone confidentially. Click here for a list of helplines and websites.
We value what our young people have to say, or suggestions they may have on how we can improve our service. We have people focus groups, forums and fun events throughout the year that you can participate in.
One of our amazing young people Aliza recently spoke at ELFT's Annual CAMHS Conference about the impact CAMHS has had on her life. It was a very powerful and moving presentation which reminded staff just how life changing and important the work we do with young people is. It also really showed the power of Service User Participation and the journey young people travel in their time with CAMHS. Thanks so much Aliza for being brave enough to share your story.
"CAMHS taught me about my OCD and reassured me that it was not something to be embarrassed of. OCD is very common and nothing to be ashamed of. We all have our different ways of dealing with things and when I started to go to CAMHS and I opened up to someone it was a really helpful experience..."
"Hi I am Markus and I used to be really scared of dogs. Recently (recently being about 2 months ago) I started counselling with Dr Savina Wachter at CAMHS and since then my fear of dogs has gotten a lot better..."
"I regularly go to group meetings at CAMHS in Luton run by Niki with other service users. We talk about issues around mental health and discuss service development. We give feedback on a variety of things from care plans, the appearance of the waiting room and how it can be improved and what the new CAMHS website should look like."
"CAMHS has been a useful service to me for around half of my life (8 years). I was diagnosed with OCD at the age of 9, when I did not understand even what it was, and quickly was put onto a course of CBT, meeting with a psychologist a few times..."
"For the past year, I have been involved in a Service User Participation group. The group gets current and ex-users of CAMHs to meet up and talk about the service and how we could improve it. Through this we are able to share opinions, give valuable feedback and whilst we do this we gain confidence and friendships."
"...Recovery isn't easy, and the first step is the hardest but once you begin your journey, it will get better. You don't have to struggle alone! After a long time, I'm happy to tell my story and I hope that it helps you. Please don't hide everything away from the fear of what people will think! You are not alone and you can get through this!"
"I've beaten anorexia once and have lived freely for two years with the help of CAMHS, unfortunately life has been harder recently so that I've relapsed, but again CAMHS have been understanding and helpful in trying through my last journey to beat this horrific demon that has been shadowing my life now for too long now..."