RDASH CAMHS Service for Older Children

Describing the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the RDASH area, this programme showcases the support available for older children between 11 and 18 years old. Filmed earlier this year on location in North Lincolnshire, the concept was developed by Resolution Television and the NHS and is designed to appeal to older children.

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Mental Health problems aren't as unusual as you might think. They affect one in four adults and one in five children and young people in the UK. So the chances are that you already know someone who has experienced some form of mental health problem.

Mental health problems include a wide range of symptoms, some of which may surprise you, and you don't have to be an adult to experience them. Feeling depressed or anxious about things like bullying, exams or peer groups is quite common for a young person and can make them feel quite alone and unable to discuss them with anyone.

Mental illness also covers much more serious issues where anger and harming yourself or others, may be involved.

The Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, or CAMHS can help. It can explain why a young person's body feels like it does when they are anxious or worried. It can help them to understand which situations trigger certain feelings and how to deal with them.
CAMHS can support young people to practice managing their feelings in a safe environment.

You may have heard about eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, these can affect boys and girls and if left without treatment can lead to very serious physical conditions and even death.

case study two voice only:
CAMHS worked closely with my GP to monitor my physical health

Provide a safe place to talk confidentially about my feelings
Help me re-establish control over my life
Worked closely with me, my family and my friends
CAMHS Helped by... putting me back in control and making plans for the future

Psychosis is a state where people experience strange things such as unusual sounds, sights and smells This can be so stressful and frightening that people with psychosis can withdraw from their family and friends.

case study three voice only:
"I thought everyone was trying to hurt me......they told me to do things....."

CAMHS helped by teaching me how recognise stress and how it impacts on my condition.
Helps me re-establish my friendships and social activities
Help me and my family understand my odd behaviour
Most of all CAMHS helped me understand that I can recover
Helped by.......believing that I could get better

Although these issues affect so many of us the good news is that there are people who can help.

case study one voice only:
"CAMHS really helped me by......."

Case study two voice only:
"Things look much better for me now....."

Case study three voice only:
"I really don't know where I would be without CAMHS"

There's no quick fix or overnight cure but what we can do is offer practical support and advice to anyone and their families so If you are worried about any Mental Health issue relating to a child or a young person contact your family doctor or school nurse

Visit us at www.rdash.nhs.uk for more information.