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Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service), formerly Healthy Young Minds.
We offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
We help children and young people up to the age of 18 years, up to 19 for neurodevelopmental disorders, and provide support to families and carers.
Some of the problems that we can help with include:
- Eating disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self-harm · ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
- More complex psychological difficulties
We also provide consultation, advice and training to other agencies and accept referrals from a wide range of professionals.
In our team we come from a range of clinical and professional backgrounds, such as psychiatrists, nurses, social workers or psychologists, among others.
If you are a health and education professional, you can report concerns about the emotional or mental health and wellbeing of a child or young person.
All referrals for CAMHS are triaged through the Single Point of Access team by Mental Health Professionals.
Once triaged the Young Person will be allocated to the most appropriate service or recommendations given.
Please complete our referral form and send it to our single point of access team.
To keep you safe and reduce the spread of covid, we want to let you know what to expect when you come in and see us:
- Arrive no more than 5 minutes before your appointment
- Wear something comfortable to cover your nose, mouth and chin - this can simply be a bandana or scarf
- Make sure your hands are clean – wash your hands or use the hand gel when you first arrive and when you go home. It’s good to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Make sure you’re not too close to people – we have put lots of signs up to remind you as well as arrows to help you move around our buildings safely
- During your appointment we will wear a face mask to protect you and our staff. Remember we are still the same friendly people – we just look a bit different!
- Please only bring adults who are invited to the appointment with you
- If you are 16 or above you are welcome to attend on your own
Do you have symptoms? (A new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss to your sense of smell or taste).
If so, please call us so we can reschedule your appointment and either arrange a session on the phone or via video.
This animated video has more information on what to expect at appointments with us during the pandemic, and some of the ways we’re working to keep you and our team safe.
- Make time to listen - create a calm, safe space where they can communicate their feelings. They may feel overwhelmed by a changing situation that isn’t being clearly explained in a way they can understand.
- Take time to talk - some young people find it easier to talk while doing something together such as playing in the park, going for a walk, painting or other activities.
- Try to understand the problems and provide reassurance that you have heard them and you are there to help. Their problems could be something you haven’t picked up on – it’s very common, so don’t feel guilty about this.
Further advice and helpful tips can be found on NHS’s Every Mind Matters.
- If a child has taken an overdose or needs urgent medical help call 999 or take them to the nearest A&E.
- If you need urgent mental health support or advice, such as a child is having suicidal thoughts or is self-harming, call Pennine Care's 24-hour mental health helpline 0800 014 9995 or contact your GP for advice
- If you have noticed physical injuries such as deep cuts or burns contact NHS 111 online or your GP for advice.
#Thrive - the new emotional health and wellbeing service for young people
The Family Services Directory for information on all services in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.
Resolve counselling: Emotional health and wellbeing service for children affected by domestic or sexual abuse. Call 07715 510 710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Break: Young people’s drug and alcohol service
www.kooth.com for online counselling and advice
Rochdale and District Mind: Mental health and wellbeing information, advice and support. Call 01706 752338
School nursing and health visiting teams are available for support on a range of issues with both physical and mental health
We're based on the Birch Hill Hospital site, click here for a site map.