Good health starts at birth.
Every child deserves a healthy start, but the pressures of modern life can have as big an impact on the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people as they have on adults.
Here at NHFT we provide specialist CAMHS services to children and young people who have severe, enduring and complex mental health difficulties.
Chris, aged 16, used the CAMHS service when he was having problems with eating disorders and struggling with his sexuality. Chris said “Using the CAMHS service has helped me massively and made a huge difference to my life".
You can read Chris's story here: CAMHS case study Chris Dolby.
School Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Working in partnership with local schools, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) has established Emotional Health and Wellbeing Teams within these settings.
Consisting of school staff who have an interest in supporting young people with emotional health and wellbeing (EH&WB) difficulties. The teams provide quick and easy access for young people to receive support for their EH&WB needs or low to moderate mental health issues.
Read the full case study: School Emotional Health & Wellbeing teams Case Study
Child, adolescent and family services help children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and their families. We become involved when a child or young person is experiencing continuing emotional or behavioural problems.
GPs, teachers, social workers and other professionals refer patients to us.
We will always involve the family where appropriate. Some of the problems we help with include:
First we assess a family's needs and decide, with them, on an appropriate therapy and the best way to deliver it. We may work with individuals, or with some or all of the family together.
Most treatments are short term and might involve:
Usually, team members work alone, but sometimes they work together as co-therapists.
We work with clients in a range of community settings, including schools where we often run groups to promote children's self-esteem.
These are run by our child and adolescent primary mental health team. The team also works closely with other professionals, such as GPs, school nurses, health visitors and school staff, to improve their knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent mental health, helping them to give better care and support to children and young people.
Northamptonshire Healthcare's child and adolescent mental health service plays an important role in the county's Children and Young People's Partnership, which brings together a wide range of agencies and organisations to help ensure that all children in Northamptonshire are healthy, safe and able to enjoy and achieve throughout their lives.
Last updated: 27 June 2014
Ask Normen is a central place that parents, professionals and other people working with children and young people can find out about the range of training and support materials accessible to schools and other universal settings, alongside more targeted and specialist services to meet emerging and complex mental health needs
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