What is CWP CAMHS?

CWP CAMHS stands for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Now you can appreciate why we tend to shorten this to CWP CAMHS or even just CAMHS, which we pronounce as “Cams”.

We are a team of specially trained workers whose job it is to improve the mental health of children and young people living in the area. We work in partnership with GP’s, hospitals, other professionals and you their parent and carers, to support your child’s health care needs.

What is mental health?

Mental health is a huge area, but it can help to think of it as ‘the way we think and feel’; and ‘how we manage through life’s ups and downs’. Child and adolescent mental health is also about how young people are developing emotionally and how their thinking may be affecting their behaviour.

Is it a phase or a more serious problem?

Friends and family that we don’t see very often will point out just how much our children are changing. Change is the one constant that is true of all children. Knowing whether they are going through a natural stage of change or whether they may be having a mental health difficulty, is not always obvious; so seeking expert advice about an issue which you may not fully understand, is not something to feel embarrassed about, instead it can be the best step for everyone concerned.

Working with you, our aim is to help your child if their thoughts, feelings and behaviour become difficult for them to cope with. We pride ourselves on our approachable and dedicated staff team who will look to work with you and your child to develop tailor made support for the whole family.

You will find many web pages on the Internet that provide specific information about mental health; here is a useful one to start:

The website of the Mental Health Foundation outlines the charity’s work in research, policy, service development and service user involvement. The site offers information and publications to download on research, good practice in services and on mental health problems and key issues.