What we do

About Sussex CAMHS

We provide specialist services for children and young people across Sussex, in locations such as GP surgeries, clinics, hospitals and schools, to support young people who are experiencing a mental health condition or difficulties with their emotional wellbeing.

We also provide some specialist services for young people, adults and professionals. These services are called Children and Young People’s Services (ChYPS). If the service you are looking for is not listed below, go to www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Our specialist services

Adopted Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (AdCAMHS) - East Sussex

The Adopted Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (AdCAMHS) is a specialist service in East Sussex between Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and East Sussex County Council’s Post Adoption Support Team.

Many children and young people have a good experience of adoption. For some experiences prior to adoption/separation from their biological parents can have an impact on their development and ability to form trusting and secure relationships with their new adoptive families.

AdCAMHS provides consultation, assessment and treatment for adopted children, young people and their adoptive families who are struggling emotionally. Their aim is to try and understand the nature of the difficulties, particularly in relation to being adopted, and offer a tailor made package of support to address their mental health needs.

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Chalkhill (specialist inpatient hospital)

Chalkhill is a specialist hospital for children and young people, aged 12-18, who are experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.

Chalkhill also offers a day service from 9am-4pm, which includes school facilities.

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Child and Adolescent Multi-Disciplinary Psychological Service (CHAMPS)

The Child and Adolescent Multi-Disciplinary Psychological Service
(CHAMPS) is the psychological service for children and young people in West Sussex, which helps to increase the input and involvement of psychological services in all parts of a child/young person’s journey through social care, to improve assessments, care plans and outcomes.

The service supports the mental health, emotional wellbeing and safety of children who are open to Children’s Social Care, and identified as having difficulties which could be helped with specialist psychological support.

The service operates Monday-Friday, 9-5pm.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP)

A community-based service which supports people aged between 14 and 65 years old who have experienced a first episode of psychosis or are identified to be at very high risk of developing psychosis.

There are six teams: two in East Sussex, one in Brighton & Hove and three in West Sussex.

Each team works closely with the individual who experiences psychosis as well as their families to enable recovery. Teams are multidisciplinary and include psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, employment support specialists and support workers.

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Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS)

A specialist community based child and adolescent mental health service for high risk young people under the age of 18 who live in Sussex, Surrey and Kent & Medway.

We offer advice and support to any professionals who are working with young people, whose behaviour is causing concern for their family, community or others involved in their care.

Looked After Children’s Mental Health Service Teams

The Looked After Children’s Mental Health Service supports children and young people who are looked after who are experiencing complex emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. We use an attachment perspective to help us develop a shared understanding of the difficulties and use a range of different therapeutic approaches tailored to the individual’s needs. We provide individual, dyadic (child and carer together) and family therapy, as well as consultation to young people’s networks. We also provide a Therapeutic Parenting Group for foster carers.

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Pan-Sussex Children, Young People and Families Eating Disorder Service (CYP-FEDS)

A specialist service for children and young people aged 10-18 years old in Sussex, which works with families to develop a treatment plan and help achieve the best possible recovery for the young person.

The multi-disciplinary team includes clinicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurses, Paediatricians, Family Therapists, Social Workers and Support Workers.

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Primary Mental Health Work in East Sussex CAMHS

The Primary Mental Health Work service (PMHW) offers brief, evidence based support for young people and their families through group work, direct one to one work and wellbeing information sessions.

Our aim is to support young people with moderate mental health difficulties to access resources and skills to reduce the need for longer term, more intensive interventions.

We also provide training to professionals on a variety of topics around mental health and working with young people and families with mental health difficulties.

Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service (SPMHS)

A community-based service, which supports mothers who are experiencing, or have previously experienced, severe mental health difficulties during pregnancy or up to a year after birth.

The service, which is made up of specialist professionals, including psychiatrists, mental health nurses, psychologists, mental health nurses and psychotherapists, provides support to women and families across East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton & Hove and East Surrey.

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Urgent Help Service

The Urgent Help Service supports children and young people who are experiencing mental health conditions and difficulties that are putting themselves or others at risk, for example if they are having psychotic symptoms or showing signs of wanting to take their own life.

The service works closely with the young person, their family/carers to develop a care plan, which sets out their goals and what treatments they have agreed together to try. The team regularly reviews progress to make sure that the treatment is working and helping them to get back on track. If things are not improving they will look at other ways they may be able to help.

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West Sussex CAMHS Complex Behaviour Support Team

A team that provides a service in West Sussex for families who have children/young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities or severe global developmental delay, together with emotional, communication and behavioural problems. The service works with young people up to the age of 18, who have complex needs. Children who have an allocated social worker in the West Sussex Child Disability Teams are able to access this service.

West Sussex Community Mental Health Liaison Service (CMHL)

This service offers consultation and support for professionals who are working with young people under the age of 18, and are concerned about a young person’s mental health and wellbeing. This may include professionals such as GPs, teachers, public health nurses, emotional wellbeing leads and support workers.

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