We provide a service to children, young people and families that live in the London borough of Lewisham. Our services are based at several sites within the community across the borough.
Find out more about our teams.
Our teams in Lewisham
Assessment, treatment and care for young people, up to the age of 18,who are already in the criminal justice system.
Low-intensity mental health service to young people who may not meet the threshold for mainstream CAMHS teams.
Early intervention support in schools and colleges for children and young people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.
Treatment and care for children and young people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Support for children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Assessment, treatment and care for children and young people, up to the age of 18, who have significant emotional or mental health difficulties.
Assessment, treatment and care co-ordination for children and young people with a significant learning disability and/or complex neurodevelopmental disorders.
Psychological assessments for children and young people being cared for at University Hospital Lewisham.
Low-intensity assessment, treatment and care for children and young people, in schools, experiencing mental health issues.
Support for children and young people who have had severe and complex problems for some time that significantly affect their daily life.
Mental health help for young people in the care of the local authority in Lewisham, and adopted young people living in Lewisham.
Lewisham CAMHS Crisis Service
Kaleidoscope Centre (Lewisham CAMHS - 2nd Floor),
32 Rushey Green,
Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm (Handover 10am)
Treatment offered in crisis:
Initial and psychiatric assessments. We also provide Psychoeducation and pharmacological management as necessary. We have also provided Therapeutic assessments, brief CBT informed approaches, Brief Solution Focus Therapy, DBT informed intervention and behavioural work with mindfulness. We have had changes in staffing and so are awaiting further (formal) training to offer some of those interventions mentioned.
Current crisis management procedures:
We see any young person who has presented to A&E with any identified mental health difficulties. We receive referrals from A&E (Adult & Paediatric ED) & the Paediatric ward (for those who have been admitted overnight). We work towards a 90 minute target to see following a referral being made and accepted. There is a backup emergency rota within Lewisham CAMHS to cover annual or sick leave.
We will also offer 7 day follow up for any Lewisham residents presenting to (any) A&E, especially if they are not known to any team and handover if on-going work is required. We can see young people for up to 4 sessions of brief work, especially if discharge is possible after that. We work closely with the paediatric staff and adult liaison service.
University Hospital Lewisham
Lewisham High St,