Who we are
We provide mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people up to age 18 in Warrington. These services are known as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, or CAMHS.
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, we will work together with you and your family to decide what support you need to have good mental health and wellbeing. Our 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.
Our team is made up of a range of specialist mental health professionals, including mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and family therapists, who are all here to listen and work with you to help you manage your difficulties better.
We also work closely with Warrington Council, schools, school nurses, social services and other local organisations to make sure you can access the right support, in the right place and at the right time.
Who is our service for?
Our service is for young people up to age 18 in Warrington who are having difficulties with their emotional or mental health and wellbeing.
If you’re not sure if our service can help, come along to one of our drop-in cafés (see ‘how to access our service’ section below), where you can speak to a mental health professional about your difficulties and they will be able to help you decide if our service is right for you.
How to access our service
Our new service model, which was designed by other young people who have been to CAMHS, makes it as easy as possible for you to access the help you need, when you need it.
We have set up weekly 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 on 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 - 3.30-6pm
Tuesday - Warrington Youth Cafe, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH
Wednesday - Orford Youth Base, Orford Youth Centre, Capesthorne Road, Warrington WA2 0JF- 4-5pm
Wednesday - Warrington Youth Cafe, New Town House, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NH - 5-6pm
If you have any questions you can call us on 01925 579 405. Your parents or carers can also call us on this number too if they’d like to speak to someone.
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 the service?
We also provide child and adolescent mental health services across Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wigan.
Our Warrington CAMHS team is based at the Alders on Birch Avenue, on the same site as our Fairhaven Young People's Unit. The Alders has free parking for all 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.