Mental health support
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Dorset offers assessment and treatment to children and young people up to the age of 18, as well as their families and carers. The teams that provide these services include doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.
The service has introduce the CAMHS Gateway.
The CAMHS Gateway undertakes assessments for all referrals received by CAMHS and provides brief interventions for lower-level symptoms such as anxiety and depression. If patients need more help or have more moderate or severe symptoms CAMHS Gateway transfers you to the regular CAMHS teams.
We're running the CAMHS Gateway service in the east of Dorset initially, covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We hope to roll the service out to the rest of Dorset eventually. If you have a Dorset GP continue to refer in the usual way.