The role of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is promote the mental health and psychological well-being of children and young people. Almost half of all mental health problems occur before age 14, so making sure the right services – tailored to the needs of younger people and children – are in place to support them is really important.
Livewell Southwest’s CAMHS has multidisciplinary teams that offer a high quality service to all children and young people between the ages of 5 – 18 who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. This includes mental health nurses, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists whose priority is to work quickly to provide an effective assessment, treatment plan and therapeutic support for individuals, and their families.
We have dedicated CAMHS teams for different treatment pathways, including at Plym Bridge House, a tier 4 tertiary unit that supports 12 to 18 year olds with serious mental ill-health from across Devon and Cornwall. Plym Bridge House is a 12 bed, purpose-designed general adolescent psychiatric unit at the Plymouth International Business Park which opened in June 2011.
The overarching aim of Plym Bridge House is to provide care and treatment for young people in a welcoming, safe environment, for the minimum amount of time that is possible. The unit serves the population of four health areas: Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon and Torbay.