If you suspect your child may have or have been infected with coronavirus, please follow the government guidance on where to get help and support.
CAMHS is still accepting referrals and seeing patients – we’re just working a little differently in line with government social distancing rules.
If you’re a new or current patient it is possible you will have your appointment virtually using telephone or video, but if this isn’t possible for any reason do let us know and we can work together to plan how best to make sure we still see you.
If you are a child or young person in mental health crisis or parent or carer in crisis related to your child or young person’s mental health, please contact your local borough CAMHS team, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you need urgent help and support outside of these times (including weekends and public holidays), please attend your local Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) who can provide you with support or best direct you. For example, by referring you to our CAMHS Mental Health Emergency Assessment Service if you reside in Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.
Not currently seeing our CAMHS team but feel you need some additional support? We are still open to new referrals so have a chat with your GP who can refer you to the best next steps based on your needs. This may mean a CAMHS referral or directing to other local support.
Now more than ever, it’s important to know that it’s okay to feel different emotions and feelings from how you normally feel or how others feel. And that’s okay; Coronavirus has changed many aspects of life for all of us.
Finding ways to look after our mental, emotion and physical wellbeing is important as ever. The websites below have useful information and ideas you can explore to support you or your child/young person during the Coronavirus public health emergency.
Feeling anxious, stressed or overloaded by Coronavirus news?
This guidance document has been issued by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to help parents and carers know who to call if they have coronavirus related worries about their child or young person.
As a parent or carer you might feel under extra pressure and stress during lockdown. The Maudsley Charity and others have developed a series of short, evidence-based video tips entitled ‘Families under Pressure‘ to support you and your child or young person.
Anna Freud Foundation
The Anna Freud Foundation website provides useful information about how to support your children during coronavirus.
Emerging minds is a research network that aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems experienced by children and young people. It promotes wellbeing through sharing positive practice and information from a bank of community resources. For example, here you will find a useful leaflet (in 18 different languages) on supporting children and young people with worried about Covid-19. There are also short videos to watch and a leaflet adapted for families with preschool aged children.
The Parent Club
The Parent Club website has a range of useful information to help families who are in isolation at home with their children. For example, topics include ‘Coronavirus FAQs’, ‘Looking after yourself and your family’, ‘Supporting your teen’, ‘learning at home’ and much more.
CAMHS Resources – Coronavirus
For a wealth of additional information and support, please visit the CAMHS Resources website.