Departments A - Z

Who Do We See?

Children and adolescents up to their 16th birthdays referred by Referral Agents

(Self referrals are not accepted by Mater CAMHS)

The following are the mental health difficulties dealt with by the service:

  • Depression / Mood Disorder
  • Anxiety (which is generalized, complex and severe)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Significant Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
  • Post-traumatic Stress Response/disorder
  • Complex behavioural problems/conduct disorders
  • Complex Bereavement Response
  • Self Harm
  • Psychoses
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Consultation in relation to Complex Developmental Problems or diagnoses
  • Episodic treatment of particular acute mental health difficulties in children with ASD if the child is unable to receive mental health treatment in more appropriate services

Some referrals may be more effectively dealt with by other agencies within the community and primary care network rather than within CAMHS. 

For example, this can include problems and difficulties, which occur in the following circumstances:

  • Difficulties, which are in response to parental divorce or separation and where custody and access has not been agreed upon  (may require mediation services).
  • Specific educationa / learning difficulties in which there is no underlying mental or emotional health based issue (these are dealt with by the school in conjunction with supports from the Department of Education and National Educational Psychology Service).
  • The needs of children with ASD are more appropriately met within disability services rather than mental health services.  The Mater CAMHS as a mental health service is not ideally positioned and nor are we the most appropriate service to offer either assessment or treatment for children with ASD.  The Mater CAMHS can support disability services and provide consultation on difficult diagnoses as appropriate.
  • Children have a diagnosed moderate, severe or profound intellectual disability (need to be referred to their local intellectual disability services).
  • Children are at risk of significant harm/ subject to abuse. (Referrals may be appropriate in these circumstances, but child protection procedures must be followed and a referral made to local child protection social work services.)

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