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CAMHS offers assessment and treatment to children and young people aged up the age of 18 (and their families/carers) who are suffering significant mental difficulties. We provide these services across Dorset (including Bournemouth and Poole), employing an experienced team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.
We deal with a range of serious mental health problems, including:
If you are a young person and are concerned about your mental health, talking to someone who knows you – such as your parents, carers or a teacher – is a good place to start. Together, you can then contact a GP, school nurse or social worker, who can advise on the sort of help you might need. If appropriate, they will arrange an appointment for you with CAMHS.
The first appointment with CAMHS will last about an hour. We will want to get know you and your family, understand your problems and work out ways of dealing with them. Various approaches may be suggested, such as one-to-one therapy, family therapy, individual work with a parent and sometimes medication. The aim is to tailor a package of care appropriate to your needs.
If you are aged 16 to 18 and are registered with a GP in the Bournemouth Christchurch Poole (BCP) Council area, you can now refer yourself to CAMHS without needing to go through your GP or other health/social care professional. We are planning to roll out this self-referral process to the rest of Dorset in 2021.
If you are a parent/carer of a young person and you have concerns about their mental health and emotional wellbeing, you can speak to a range of professionals. These include: GPs, teachers, school nurses, primary mental health workers, social workers, educational welfare officers, behavioural support workers and educational psychologists, as well as paediatrics and adult mental health staff.
If they agree that your child needs to be referred to CAMHS, they will make the necessary arrangements.
Further information about our services, along with referral forms for professionals, can be found at https://camhsdorset.org/
Pebble Lodge is a specialist psychiatric unit in Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth. It provides 24-hour assessment, treatment and care for children and young people with severe mental health problems and who pose a risk to themselves, others or their environment.
The unit has a homely atmosphere, designed to help young people recover in safe, secure surroundings and support their families/carers at the same time. All our care is tailored to each person’s specific needs and can include individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy, as well as education.
We treat young people from across Dorset, dealing with illnesses such as psychosis, personality disorders, phobias, depression, anxieties, obsessive compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress, self-harm, and Tourette’s Syndrome.
Pebble Lodge is staffed by friendly, skilled professionals, including a consultant psychiatrist, mental health nurses, mental health support workers, psychologists, and occupational therapists. They are all dedicated to ensuring young people return to their families/carers as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Referrals to Pebble Lodge are made through the community-based CAMHS teams.
Parking: Yes, limited
Disabled Access: No
Opening Times: 24/7
Disabled Access: Yes
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (North Dorset)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Bournemouth & Christchurch)
Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 17.00 (by appointment only)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (East Dorset)
Disabled Access: Yes
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Poole)
Opening Times: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00