Bury CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service), formerly Healthy Young Minds. (Click on image for link.)
We offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
We help children and young people up to the age of 16 years, and provide assessments, intervention and support to their families/carers.
Some of the problems that we can help with include:
- Eating disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Emotional dysregulation
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
- More complex psychological difficulties
Mental health support is also available to 16 and 17 year old young people with emotional dysregulation and risk presentations.
We also provide consultation, advice and training to other agencies and accept referrals from a wide range of professionals. Our clinicians come from a range of clinical and professional backgrounds, including psychiatrists, nurses, CAMHS practitioners and psychologists, amongst others.
1 in 4 people have some sort of mental health problem at some time in their lives. This can include things like feeling stressed or worried, down or depressed, angry or overwhelmed. Sometimes these feelings can be a reaction to problems in your life like bullying or arguments at home. Sometimes the feelings can be a response to memories or problems from the past. And sometimes you just don't know why you feel the way you do. CAMHS is here to help. This website gives you information on how to help yourself, where to go for more help and what we offer here. The website is for parents/ carers, children and adults working with children.
I'm a young person...
Growing up isn't always easy and everyone has problems from time to time.
It's Good to Talk...
Sometimes all you need is to share how you feel with someone you can trust. Is there anyone you can talk to about how you are feeling?
- Your parents or other relatives like Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, close family friends?
- Anyone at school – teachers, school counsellor, friends?
- Anyone outside of school – sports coach, dance instructor, club leader, someone from within your faith community?
There are also plenty of ways you can help yourself to feel better at home. Finding ways to relax and unwind such as listening to music; or writing down your thoughts and feelings to get them out of your head. There’s also loads of online support and advice and organisations that you can talk to for support – see CAMH's website for further information.
Worried About Your Child?
Many children and young people experience emotional and behavioural problems from time to time. They may be stressed about exams, unhappy about friendship problems, confused about changes to their body, anxious about the future. They may experience worries and sadness. There is lots of advice and information online about how to help.
- Make time to listen - create a calm, safe space where they can communicate their feelings. They may feel overwhelmed by a changing situation that isn’t being clearly explained in a way they can understand.
- Take time to talk - some young people find it easier to talk while doing something together such as playing in the park, going for a walk, painting or other activities.
- Try to understand the problems and provide reassurance that you have heard them and you are there to help. Their problems could be something you haven’t picked up on – it’s very common, so don’t feel guilty about this.
Are you worried about a child right now?
- If a child has taken an overdose or needs urgent medical help call 999 or take them to the nearest A&E. In Bury, it will be Fairfield General Hospital nhs.uk/location
- If you need urgent mental health support or advice, for instance, a child is having suicidal thoughts or is self-harming call Pennine Care's 24-hour mental health helpline 0800 014 9995 or contact your GP for advice
- If you have noticed physical injuries such as deep cuts or burns contact NHS 111 online or your GP for advice.
Help and Advice
The Bury Young Carers service (BYC) offers information, support and advice on issues relating to young carers who are looking after a parent or guardian who is disabled, has a mental health issue or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol. They offer one to one and group support and activities for young people aged 7-18 years old Tel: 0161 253 5144 http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4855
Free, 24/7, anonymous online support network at Big White Wall. Young people aged 16-25 in Bury can log in using their postcode.
For more information on any services available in Bury, you can call the local children/families information service: 0161 253 5941
Further advice and helpful tips can be found on NHS’s Every Mind Matters.
If you are worried about your child you can get excellent advice and support from YoungMinds.
They have a free helpline (0808 802 5544) staffed Monday to Friday. You can also find information on their website.
You can also get lots of information about how you can help using Mind-Ed.
Mind-Ed is an online e-portal offering free, simple advice to help adults identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues.
There are also lot of local services which you can contact for help, support and advice before considering a specialist mental health service.See the website for further information.