Changes to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Halton

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​Children and young people’s mental health services in Halton are changing.

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Halton Borough Council and other partners have been working with children and young people for over 18 months to co-develop a new model of care.

What's changing?
We are moving away from the traditional tiered service model to a THRIVE model - a national model based on needs of young people, rather than severity or diagnosis, and the support or evidence-based treatment they need to thrive and enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

As part of these changes, child and adolescent mental health services (also known as CAMHS) in Halton are working in a more joined-up way with other organisations to better meet children and young people’s needs, including with local schools and the voluntary sector.

CAMHS is no longer just a very specialised service - it is transforming and broadening its remit to include partnerships with third sector providers, as well as services delivered by Halton Borough Council.

We will also be working closely with local schools to help your teachers to support you better with your emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Services will be much easier to access now too. Before, children and young people had to be referred to services by a GP or another health professional. Now, you can access help and advice directly by coming along to one of our weekly drop-in cafés, where you can speak to a trained mental health professional about any concerns you have. 

No matter how big or small, our staff will talk to you and ask questions about your difficulties, then offer advice and signpost you on to other local services that can help if needed. Depending on your individual needs, this might be coming to see us for a face-to-face appointment, or it could be another option like online therapy. 

The HeadzUp Halton mental health drop-ins are held: 
  • Every Wednesday from 2.30-4.30pm at the Hub, Grangeway Youth and Community Centre, Grangeway, Runcorn, WA7 5HA
  • Every Friday from 2.30-4.30pm at Kingsway Library, Widnes, WA8 7QT
It’s an informal drop-in session, so you don’t need to make an appointment – you can just turn up.

Why are we changing?
The new way of working aims to ensure more children and young people can get access to the right help when they need it from a wider range of services and places.

Many mental health problems show their first signs when you’re young and if you get help for them early on, you’re much more likely to be able to manage them effectively and make a full recovery, so you can go on to have good mental health and wellbeing when you’re an adult. 

How can I find out more?
If you have any questions you can call us on 01928 568 162. Your parents or carers can also call us on this number too if they’d like to speak to someone. 

You can also find out about our CAMHS services by visiting the Halton CAMHS page.

If you need urgent help between 9am and 9pm, you can contact the Crisis Response Team, who are available seven days a week, on 01928 568 162. If there is a physical health need that needs immediate medical attention, you should visit your local A&E department.