This information leaflet to sets out referral pathways Tier Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This includes Children’s Psychological Services provided by Community Services and East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Services (ELCAS) providing Child Psychiatry at the Hospital.
The second document provides details of early support schemes in place for families in East Lancashire. This may be useful prior to a referral being required for CAMHS services.
Lancashire Children & Young People’s Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
The Children and Young People’s Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health plan for Lancashire has been developed by the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health System Board, which consists of key partners and has been informed by consultation with children, young people and families. It is based on comprehensive identification of needs and evidence based practice to promote good emotional wellbeing and prevention of mental ill-health through early intervention, care and recovery.
This transformation plan takes a high level strategic approach whilst being cognisant of local needs, and seeks to improve relationships, knowledge and understanding of each-others’ issues. It outlines the implications for Lancashire in light of the recent guidance from Department of Health in Future in Mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
The plan recognises that the foundations for lifelong wellbeing are laid down before birth and aims to prevent mental ill-health, intervene early when it occurs and improve the quality of mental health care and recovery for children, young people and families. The focus is on a whole child and whole family approach and on developing systems which ensure children, young people (CYP) and families are at the centre of prevention, care and recovery which will improve our CYP population’s mental health and wellbeing.
Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our training, our work, and to achieving our potential. Good mental health is the foundation for wellbeing and the effective functioning of individuals and communities. It impacts on how individuals think, feel, communicate and understand. It enables us to manage our lives successfully and live to our full potential. Through promoting good mental health and early intervention we can help to prevent mental illness from developing and mitigate its effects.
The plan aims to build a healthier, more productive and fairer society for CYP and their families which builds resilience, promotes emotional wellbeing and mental health and ensures they have access to the care and support they need, reducing health inequalities.
Healthy Young Minds
The Healthy Young Minds website offers a variety of advice, guidance and support related to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Healthy Young Minds was formed from the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Transformation Programme, which was established to deliver a five-year programme of transformation work across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The programme brings multiple organisations together to work on improving the support that is available and involves eight CCGs, four Local Authorities, four NHS Trusts, hundreds of schools, a wide-ranging third sector, primary care, community services and various children and young people’s support services and groups.
The mental health 24/7 helpline number is now available across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen for families and carers of children and young people, or children and young people themselves, who require access to mental health support or feel in crisis. For help and support please contact the following number: 0800 915 4640 or text ‘Hello’ to 07862 022846.
There is more information at www.lscft.nhs.uk/news/814
Lancashire Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Commissioned Services
The following link to the Lancashire Children and Young People’s Trust website provides details of the recently commissioned Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Services, including the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service jointly funded by the Lancashire Schools Forum and Lancashire County Council. Details of how to access the service, providers making up the consortium and service contacts are provided in the “partners guide” which can be accessed via the link.