Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivedisorder or attachment disorder.
If you have any concerns at all for your child's mental health then you should discuss this with your GP who can make an assessment of your child's mental health and make a referral to appropriate services if required.
CAMHS are the NHS services that assesses and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.
Black Country Partnership NHS Trust
The majority of mental health services in Sandwell including CAMHS are provided by the Black Country Partnership NHS Trust. It provides a variety of services to support the wellbeing of people of all ages with mental health problems. Click below for details of:
- Sandwell Specialist CAMHS Service
- Sandwell CAMHS Crisis Interventional and Home Treatment Team (CIHTT)
- A Black Country CAMHS website that has been designed and developed by young people has just been produced. Click here to access this website.
BEAM Sandwell is a new emotional health service run by The Children's Society in partnership with a number of other agencies for young people aged up to 18 (or up to 25 for care leavers) living in the Sandwell area.
The service offers advice, signposting and support with any low level concerns relating to emotional health and wellbeing. It provides advice and guidance particularly in the areas of anxiety, anger, family difficulties, mood management and self-esteem. However, clinical assessments, structured therapy, counselling sessions and family therapy will not be available.
There are a number of drop-in sessions across the borough (no need to book - just turn up):
- Monday 1pm - 4.30pm, Community Link, Cradley Heath, B64 5AH
- Tuesday 2.30pm - 5pm, Langley Park Lodge, Oldbury, B69 4SL, and 3.30pm - 7pm, The Cafe (ground floor), Sandwell College Central Sixth campus, New Square, New Street, West Bromwich, B70 7PG
- Wednesday 2pm - 6pm (until 12 June 2019), Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. For more information about Kooth click here