Children suffer from mental health problems just like adults, however “30% of parents with children aged 5-18 admit they would feel embarrassed if their child wanted counselling in school.” *
A further “one in five parents (22%) would not encourage their child to take up counselling in school, even if they asked for it.” *
That is why Place2Be charity have this week launched the first Children’s Mental Health Week, trying to ensure all children who need support have the opportunity to get it. Knowing that D/deaf children are 30% to 50% more likely to experience mental health issues than hearing children, it is important you know how to get specialist help if needed.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
CAMHS offer support to children and young people aged 0 – 18 who have emotional or behavioural issues consistent with a Children’s Global Assessment Scale [CGAS] rating of 50 or less. They may have;
- anger issues
- behaviour problems
- suicidal feelings
- school problems
- family problems – a relative may have died, or parents may be divorcing
- eating problems
- friendship problems – a child may be bullied
The service helps children to cope with and understand their emotions, feelings and thoughts. Children may receive support through individual sessions, or sessions with parents or the whole family.
How to access the service
- Ask your GP or child’s school to refer your child to CAMHS
- Search online for ‘CAMHS’ in your area, and then get a referral from a professional (GP, school, teacher, health visitor, social worker, youth counsellor)
National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (NDCAMH Service)
NDCAMH works with D/deaf children and young people aged 0 – 18 who have emotional or behavioural issues consistent with a Children’s Global Assessment Scale [CGAS] rating of 50 or less. They specialise in supporting children and young people:
- with a severe to profound hearing loss
- who have D/deaf parents
- who use BSL as their first language
This service represents the Northern Arm of the National Deaf CAMHS. It is commissioned by NHS England and operates across the North of England.
How to refer
Any professional working with a D/deaf child can make a referral, including
- teachers of the deaf
BSL Healthy Minds from SignHealth
Many of you familiar with SignHealth will know of our therapy service BSL Healthy Minds. Our service provides psychological interventions for Deaf people aged 16 years onwards.
The national IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) development for adults currently provides a Children and Young People’s IAPT. Work is ongoing with national Deaf CAMHS to develop a Children’s and Young Person’s Deaf IAPT too.
* Statistics from Place2Be
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