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Child and Adolescent Mental Health

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

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.


Case studies

Chris' Story

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


What we do

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:

  • Acute psychiatric illness
  • Anxiety/depressive disorders
  • Attachment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/ somatisation
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm/attempted suicide
  • Severe phobias
  • Substance misuse
  • Unresolved bereavement


How we work

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:

  • Cognitive-behaviour therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group work
  • Individual Therapy
  • Psychiatric illness management and treatment
  • Solution-focused therapy

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.


Information Leaflets

Anxiety for carers and parents

Anxiety young people aged 12-18

David's duvet. A leaflet about depression for children

Depression for carers and parents

Depression young people aged 12-18

Josie's worries. A leaflet about anxiety for children

OCD for carers and parents

OCD for young people ages 12-18

Peter's monster. A leaflet about OCD for children


Service details

  • The service operates Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm.
  • The service operates a liaison line for health and social care professionals seeking advice - 0300 1111 022


Other useful information & links

Last updated: 27 June 2014

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Ask Normen

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

Stigma Project

Mental Health Stigma Project Logo

Northamptonshire Mental Health Stigma Project Group, a group of young people who are voicing their opinions to change the stigma of mental health, have launched a video to challenge people’s perceptions of mental health. Follow the link for more information and to watch the video.

CAMHS Locations


1st Floor, Newland House
01604 656 060



Clarendon House
8-12 Station Road
NN15 7HH
01536 313 850

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