CAMHS professionals deal with a wide range of
mental health problems, including all those addressed in this
series of leaflets and many more.
Many children and young people are troubled by
emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems, and these cause
worry and distress both to themselves and to those who care for
A large part of a child psychiatrist's work
- to identify the problem
- to understand the causes
- to advise about what may help.
Child psychiatrists are the only CAMHS
professionals who can prescribe medication if it is needed,
although sometimes specially trained CAMHS nurses may prescribe for
some illnesses. Other CAMHS professionals, for example, child
psychotherapists, psychologists and family therapists are
particularly skilled in providing talking therapies of different
Your general practitioner, health visitor, paediatrician, school
doctor or nurse, educational psychologist, SENCO in school, or
social worker will be able to discuss any concerns and arrange for
an appointment in a CAMHS service if necessary.