Stockton community team

Children and young people's services, Teesside

Viscount House

Falcon Court, Westland Way, Preston Farm Industrial Estate

Stockton on Tees, TS18 3TX

Tel number: 01642 368400

Fax number: 01642 368401

About the service

Health is the basis for a good quality of life and mental health is of overriding importance in this. The child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) team believe that children and young people with good mental health will have the ability to:

  • Develop emotionally, physically and intellectually
  • Initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying relationships
  • Feel at ease with themselves
  • Be aware of other's needs and understand them
  • Play and learn
  • Develop a sense of right and wrong
  • Resolve problems and setbacks and learn from them.

A mental health problem can be seen as a disturbance in relationships, mood, behaviour or development.

The mental health of children and young people can be affected by several factors. Most children and young people will go through a period of stress or unhappiness at some stage of their development. Many problems will be mild and improve given support from families and friends.

Occasionally, help may be needed from health professionals such as a GP, health visitor or school nurse. Where the problem is more severe or persistent, and is likely to have longer lasting effects, help may be needed from specialist CAMHS. However, it should be emphasised that the most important person in a child or young person's life is his/her parents or carers.

About the Stockton CAMHS team

Stockton CAMHS work together to promote a sense of wellbeing, by helping children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families to cope with any difficulties they may be experiencing.

The team has three main functions:

  • Assessment and treatment of children and young people up to 18 years of age with mental health disorders
  • Advice, support and consultation for family members, carers and workers from health, social services, education and voluntary agencies
  • Promotion of positive mental health in children and young people.

Treatment and therapies available

Help can be offered through a variety of talking and activity based therapies, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Advice and support for parents/carers
  • Medication
  • Group therapy.

The team

The Stockton multi-disciplinary team, includes:

  • Psychiatrists

  • Clinical psychologists

  • Team coordinator

  • Community psychiatric nurses (CPNs)

  • Clinical nurse specialist

  • Primary mental health workers

  • Community nursery nurses

  • Occupational therapist

  • Therapeutic workers

  • Administrative staff.


How to access the service

Most children and young people are referred into the service by GPs, but referrals are also received from paediatricians, school doctors, health visitors, school nurses, educational psychologists and social services. Where GPs are not the referrer, they are always informed of referrals by the CAMHS team.

New referrals are offered an appointment in the service's choice clinic, where they will be seen by a member of the team who will ensure that the service is the most appropriate to meet their needs. Following this appointment the referral will be allocated to the most suitable team member or another service for ongoing assessment and treatment.

Generally the initial appointment will be at Viscount House. However, if further appointments are necessary these can be carried out in other venues, such as home or school.


What to expect?

For children and young people with mental health problems accessing the service, the care programme approach will apply. This is a way of organising care to ensure that needs are identified and that services have been arranged to meet those needs (an information leaflet is available on request).

A letter will be sent out to parents informing them of the date and time of their child's appointment, and who they are coming to see. If the young person is over 16 years of age they will receive their own letter. Whoever is attending the appointment may wish to bring a friend or family member with them for support.

At the first appointment lots of questions will be asked to gain as much information as possible, and decide how best to help the young person and their family. A plan of action will be agreed between the young person, their carer(s), and the health professional.


Frequently asked questions and further information