CAMHS is a multi-disciplinary team, offering a community based service throughout Dumfries & Galloway, to children, young people up to the age of 18 years old, who may be struggling with their mental well being which is significantly impacting on their day to day life.
CAMHS also offer early intervention to families as well as consultation, joint work and training to other services, via our Primary Mental Health Work team.
“We aim to provide a safe and non judgemental atmosphere for children / young people and their parent / carers who are referred to us.”
Our team is made up of lots of different clinicians and staff and throughout your journey, you might see or speak to the following:
- Primary Mental Health Worker
- Mental Health Worker
- Support Mental Health Worker
- Participation lead
- Project Officer
- Admin Team
For your appointment, you might come to one of our centres or to your GPs surgery or you might feel more comfortable going somewhere in your community or through NHS Near Me video calling.
CAMHS will accept referrals from anyone who knows the child or young person. Parents/Carers and the young person can self refer too. To make or discuss a possible referral please see (contact us).
If you are 12 years and over you need to give permission for your parent/carer/professional to make a referral.
Some of the reasons you maybe referred to CAMHS are:
- Phobic/Panic disorders
- Self Harming
- Suicidal Feelings
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD)
- ADHD and Concentrations Problems
- Coping with the Effects of Trauma
Your referrer, and or your GP, would routinely be kept informed of how you are getting on.
It can be helpful when services like CAMHS, social work and education share relevant information about you, and work together. However, we would only contact other agencies with your permission.
The only exception we have to maintaining confidentiality would be if we were concerned about someone’s safety, in this case we would be required to pass on information in order to protect that person.
Children, Young People and Family Centre,
Dumfries, DG1 4TG
The Oak Tree Family Centre
Telephone: 01387 244662