Wolverhampton Specialist CAMHS covers a range of services for children, young people and families who are experiencing mental health problems. Each of our specialist services contain a multidisciplinary team that are able to provide a range of therapies and interventions to help service users plan a way forward that is individual to them.
We maintain a Single Point of Access (SPA) bringing together Wolverhampton CAMHS services and children's learning disability services across the city. This single approach has many benefits to our patients and referrers including creating a more streamlined and efficient process and reducing delays in referrals. If you are considering a referral to CAMHS and you are unsure whether Specialist CAMHS or other CAMHS services are more appropriate please contact us to discuss it.
We support children and young people from Wolverhampton who have a learning disability, as well as their families. We also provide support and guidance to other professionals who work with children and young people with a learning disability.
We work with young people from birth up to the age of 18yrs. We help children and young people with a learning disability:
- who feel sad or upset or unhappy.
- who sometimes get very angry.
- who need to learn how to do things for themselves – such as washing, dressing, going to the toilet
- who sometimes have difficult thoughts that are hard to ignore or that make them feel unhappy or scared.
- to learn how to get on with other people.
We offer community based support and a range of ways to help that include 1-1 therapy support, group support, family working, consultation to professionals and services, teaching and training, skills training. Support can be offered at home, at school or in other community settings
We assess, diagnose and provide treatment for any child or adolescent up to 18 years of age who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Problems people/children come to see us for include:
- Relationship problems
- Fears of various things
- Feeling down and sad
- Eating problems
- Family Separations
- Factors that affect learning in school
- Self harming behaviours
- Difficult habits
Families often come to us who are under stress related to a death, birth of a child, relationship breakdown, separations, divorce, remarriage and other unsettling situations. In a child or young person, this stress may show itself in difficult behaviour, strained relationships, minor illnesses, problems at school or simply general unhappiness.
When someone is referred to us, we will meet with them to find out what their mental health needs are. If we feel someone can benefit more from another service, we can help them get in touch with that service. If we feel we can help someone, we will discuss different kinds of treatment and support with the young person and their family.
We can help someone using different kinds of therapies and we can help someone using medication. Therapies include talking-based therapy, creative therapy, and family therapy. We are very aware that children and young people are still developing, and so we encourage positive childhood development as part of our support.
We have several different kinds of staff in our team. We have psychologists, psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists, family therapists, psychologists.
We also have a Mental Health in Schools Team. This team works with a group of schools proving low level mental health support.
During working hours please call SPA 01902 444 021 and outside of working hours please call the 24/7 Trust Mental Health helpline 08000086516. See the CAMHS Crisis Interventional and Home Treatment Team page for more information.