My first visit to CAMHS

Some children worry about what it will be like at CAMHS or if coming here means they are in trouble. CAMHS workers are here to help you.

You will usually come to see us at our base, but sometimes we can see you at other places such as school. We will talk with you about where it’s best to meet.

Your first visit to CAMHS is sometimes called an ‘assessment’. When you arrive you will be asked to wait for a while in the waiting room. There will be toys to play with and books to read.

You will meet one or two people from the CAMHS team in another room. They will ask you and your family to fill out some forms about your worries and difficulties and also ask you some questions. This is so we can help you in the best way. You will also be able to talk to your CAMHS worker by yourself if you want to.

There are lots of different people working at CAMHS. They are all trained in helping children and young people with difficulties. If you or your parents are not confident speaking English, they can arrange for an interpreter to be at the meeting.

What questions will they ask?

The people you meet might ask you about:

  • The problems, worries or difficulties you are having
  • Your family
  • Your school and your friends
  • Your interests and what you enjoy doing
  • The things you are good at and not so good at
  • What you would like to do in the future
  • What you would like to change or feel you need help with

You don’t have to answer all of these questions, and you will also be able to ask them questions too.

The answers that you give will stay private. This means that it won’t be shared with your friends or teacher, unless you want them to know. We only need to share what you tell us if we think we need to in order to help to keep you or someone else safe.

What happens after my first visit?

At the end of your first visit, your CAMHS worker will make a plan with you about what happens next.
Read more about what happens at CAMHS

What did other children say?

Here’s what children said to us after coming to CAMHS for their first visit:

“The person I saw was very helpful and nice, I guess he was the best thing about my appointment.”