Who we are
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - also known as CAMHS - support children and young people up to age 18 with their emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
When we talk about your mental health, we mean how you feel and how you cope with the things going on in your life. This could be connected to anything from school, your friends or even your family life. If you feel you aren’t coping too well with the ups and downs of life, it may be that you need some support to help you manage them better.
If you do need help, CAMHS will work together with you and your family to decide what support you need to have good mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to help young people get the support they need to tackle any problems early on before they get worse, and to act quickly if they do.
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Warrington Council, local schools, school nurses, social services and other local organisations including Kooth and St Joseph’s Family Centre, all work closely together to provide CAMHS services across Warrington, to make sure you can access the right support, in the right place and at the right time.
How to access our service
If you have any concerns about your mental health and wellbeing, you can come along to our weekly Mind Works drop-in cafés so you can speak to a 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 to other local services that can help if needed.
It’s an informal drop-in session, so you don’t need to make an appointment – you can just turn up. The Mind Works drop-ins in Warrington are:
Monday - Orford Youth Base, Orford Youth Centre, Capesthorne Road, Warrington WA2 0JF - 3.30pm - 6.00pm
Tuesday - Warrington Youth Cafe, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH - 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Wednesday - Orford Youth Base, Orford Youth Centre, Capesthorne Road, Warrington WA2 0JF- 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Wednesday - Warrington Youth Cafe, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH - 5.00pm - 6.00pm
If you have any questions you can call CAMHS directly on 01925 575 904. Your parents or carers can also call us too if they’d like to speak to someone.
If you need support between 9am and 9pm, you can contact the Crisis Response Team, who are available seven days a week, on 01925 579 405. If there is a physical health need that needs immediate medical attention, you should visit your local A&E department.
We also accept referrals from other health professionals who may be working with you, such as your GP, health visitor, school nurse or social worker. If you are a health professional and would like to make a referral for one of your patients, visit the health professionals section of our website to download the referral form.
Where else do we provide CAMHS services?
Our Warrington CAMHS team is based at the Alders on Birch Avenue, on the same site as our Fairhaven Young People's Unit. The building has free parking for staff and visitors.
As with the rest of our buildings, The Alders and Fairhaven are smokefree. This means that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the building or in the site grounds. For more information on this, please visit the smokefree page our website.