CAMHS Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
The Tower Hamlets Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (known as CAMHS) offers assessment, help and support to children, young people, and their families who are experiencing emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. Whether this is impacting the young person at home, at school, or in their relationships, we will listen to find out what has been happening, how it is affecting the young person and those around them, and help find a way forward.
We provide services from two locations:
- 18 Greatorex Street, Whitechapel, E1 5NF
- The Emmanuel Miller Centre, 11 Gill Street, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 8HQ
T: 0207 426 2375/2400
Both centres are open: 9 am-5pm, Monday to Friday
We can offer after-hours sessions by arrangement.
We know that a lot of young people experience emotional difficulties and we are here to help those who may be struggling and who may need some confidential support and advice.
CAMHS offers assessment, help, and support to children, young people, and their families who are experiencing difficulties at home, at school, or in their relationships and who may be experiencing some emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
We meet with young people and families (online, on the phone, and in person) to try to find ways to help them understand and cope with their problems.
We also offer advice and consultation and we sometimes direct young people and families to other local services that may be of help.
We aim to provide a service that respects the beliefs of those who use the service and is sensitive to their culture, race, and gender and we will do all we can to put you at ease.
Keeping your information private and confidential is really important to us and we will discuss this as soon as we make contact with you.
We can support young people and their families with a range of conditions. This includes:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
Thinking about the below areas will enable us to decide how best to help your family. It may be useful for you to have in mind some of the following questions:
- What are the current concerns or problems?
- What are the triggers for seeking help at this time?
- How long has the problem existed, how severe is it, and how does it impact on the child/young person's familty, education and work?
- What are the relevant psychosocial and family issues including who is in the family or important people in the kinship system? Who are the other agencies involved?
- What has been the response to previous attempts to help?
- Are the child/young person/family aware of and consenting to the referral? What is the family's motivation to seek help?
- Are there any identified risks?
- What continued involvement will you have with the family?
- Are there service access issues like language and disability?
Professionals can refer by completing a referral form and sending this directly to:
- elt-tr.CAMHSTowerHamletsDuty@nhs.net or to CAMHS Tower Hamlets at 18 Greatorex Street, Whitechapel, E1 5NF.
- All secondary school-age young people can now self-refer to Tower Hamlets CAMHS directly by themselves, a parent or carer. Call our normal duty number on 0207 426 2375.
- Our duty worker is available Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
- We will then arrange to complete a self-referral form with you on the phone to gather some key details and information and we will then process this as normal by our front door team and make contact with you directly, or your family if you prefer. This may be done on the phone, online, or in person.
- You can chat with your GP, school or Social Worker who can refer you directly to us via our referral form. You can also call us on 02074262375 and have an informal chat to think about whether we might be the right service for you.
- Secondary school-age young people can now self-refer to Tower Hamlets CAMHS directly by themselves (or their parent) calling our normal duty number on 02074262375.
- We will then arrange to complete a self-referral form with you on the phone to gather some key details and information and we will then process this as normal by our front door team.
- If you are not sure if this is appropriate - feel free to ring and have an informal chat to think about whether we might be the right service for you.
- We may be able to direct you to another more appropriate service or offer some advice on the phone or online.
Local Offer Tower Hamlets
The local offer website also has lots of information about local voluntary and third sector organisations that can help in Tower Hamlets and you can search by postcode.
The below websites have helpful information:
The list of Reading Well books have books for you and your child about mental health:
Some schools in Tower Hamlets offer school-based counselling and therapeutic support. If you feel comfortable, it may be helpful speaking with a member of school staff about what support is available.
Step Forward www.step-forward.org
Step Forward offers free counselling and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 and 25. In addition to this, Step Forward offers a range of group programmes for young people, which cover topics from confidence building to mindfulness.
Docklands Outreach http://www.dockout.org.uk
Docklands Outreach is health and preventative support agency providing practical and therapeutic support to children (3-13 years old) and young (12-25 years old) living in Tower Hamlets, on a range of emotional and mental health difficulties. These can range from low mood, depression, anxiety, self-harm, to young people effected by racism, family difficulties, identity, culture, alcohol or substance misuse. Or those who need support with accessing positive activities, training or employment opportunities. Support is also provided to parents who have children aged 3-13 years, with emotional, behavioural and conduct disorders.
Barnardo’s is a mild-moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing service for Children and Young People (10-25 years old). They are able to see CYP in school, home or community and offer time-limited interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
Osmani Centre http://www.osmanitrust.org/
Community centre offering free activities and mentoring support to children and young people
Spotlight offer a number of youth centres around the borough, which offer free activities for children and young people
Kooth provides free online counselling support for young people. In addition to this, it offers a range of self-help materials.
Young People's Preconceptions About CAMHS
It can be daunting for young people and adults when they come to their first appointment. The below film (3 mins) has been made by young people and shares the actual fears and perceptions they had prior to attending the service. Thanks to Copperwheat Films for their work in producing: Fears about Mental Health Support
CAMHS TH Referral form