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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Alder Hey CAMHS offers specialist services to support children and young people in Liverpool and Sefton, up to the age of 18, who are experiencing mental health difficulties. We also provide support to their families or carers.

Some of the issues that we can help with include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Conduct/Behaviour Problems
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties in children with Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessions and Compulsions
  • Psychosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-harm
  • More complex psychological difficulties

We also provide consultation, advice and training to other agencies and accept referrals from a wide range of professionals. The team is multi-disciplinary, which means our clinicians come from a range of clinical and professional backgrounds.

The service works with the young people, parents, carers and partner agencies to make sure that the right care is provided to each individual, depending on their needs and circumstances.

Have your say about mental health

YoungMinds are working with NHS England and NEL Commissioning Support Unit to help increase the voices of parents, carers and young people around young people’s mental health services.

They have created surveys to hear about the opportunities that currently exist for young people, parents and carers to get involved in mental health services, and what would help to build young people’s and parents’ participation across the young people’s mental health system.

Useful information

You will find lots of information on this website, but we have also put together some further resources you may find helpful:

Your comments and experiences

  • Had initial meeting with CAMHS & a Social Worker who turned out to be quite useless, in Dec. 2016 and both of my autistic boys’ schools claimed that they got in touch further to try speed up some intervention for my boys who have been traumatised by their mum disowning them. I am still awaiting the promised intervention almost a year later, by CAMHS so far in vain. Not sure if that’s due to the SW or to CAMHS waiting list. However, it is very stressful to not get any support especially when I requested it over a year ago for my two sons aged 9 & 11 yrs old.

  • Camhs, After going for some time at first was good and helpful but for me i haven’t had a good experience, I didn’t get the right help I needed and often made things worse I was later discharged accidently. Then started to go again after a crisis appointment I was then being transferred to the Sefton Camhs as if was easier for me, they told me it would be a couple weeks even on the emergency list, yet Iv been two months and still no appointment I don’t have the ability to ring up and chase them so I’m stuck feeling worse than ever!!

  • Even though child did not meet criteria for therapy ,advice and promised signposting invaluable. Many thanks.
    I hope CAMHS get a nice new home after December

  • My Son was referred to Camhs by alder hey.They quickly diagnosed him with depression/aniexty, o.c.d and slight autisim. My son had 1 to 1 support with a lovely lady who helped him and me as a parent hes been discharged as hes completed his theropy but still under the doctor there.My son has been under cahms for a very long time and they have helped my son and myself a lot, things are changing for the better with my sons life an I cant thank the team enough, there an amazon team.

  • Camhs is boss! It’s totally changed my life!

  • My daughter was referred to CAMHS by Alder Hey. They quickly diagnosed her with ADHD and helped her with anger management with 1-to-1 support.

    Although the team were efficient with helping my daughter, I felt they didn’t help us as a family. Any help we had we got ourselves or from other professionals.

  • Really good experience I have

  • CAMHS has helped me through alot, if it werent for CAMHS I dont know where I would be. My case manager has helped me through thick and thin and they have always got the best for me, eventhough it takes a while to get into CAMHS I have been their for 10 months and have met many people who are amazing and I am so glad to be seen their ☺️

  • Contrary to the negative views and opinions people has chosen to record here, our experience/journey with CAHMS has been fantastic. The team supported us and our child through a very difficult and challenging time ensuring we as parents were equipped and supported and additionally gave 121 support to the child. The child has now been successfully discharged and we have total confidence in the service provided to seek further advice or pursue a referral should that need ever arise. Every child is different, unique and be assured that the pathway they pursue will be beneficial and worth your perseverance.

  • Attended Fussy eating session with fresh at my child’s school. It was very useful, the range of different aged children and parents going through the same problem getting children to eat certain food and milk. Was beneficial. Years of suffering with eating is slowly but certainly changing, even started to drink milk! Using the tools you showed could benefit are working at home, even helping me prepare they love now, just got the book you also mentioned could help. So I’m very hopeful food will become my child’s yummy friend thank you upwards and onwards change is happening, plus big thanks for the reassuring chat at the end of session 🌈

  • Feel so sorry for anyone starting on the CAMHS pathway!!! we were let down over and over!! terrible service and I can only thank God my child has got thru his problems due to my none stop support!!! No thanks to CAMHS!!! please complain and make your voice heard with these people!!!

  • My son has ASD and my youngest has behaviour problems. I am currently waiting for an appointment with camhs.

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