Open Minded (Camden Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services or CAMHS)

We support the emotional health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families in Camden.

Camden Council and Camden CCG coordinate all of the community mental health services available to children and young people in the borough under the name Open Minded. 

Open Minded can also be referred to as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services or CAMHS.

We are one of eleven NHS and voluntary organisations that provide services for Open Minded.

Together we assess and treat the full range of emotional and behavioural difficulties in childhood and adolescence. 

Who we see

We see children and young people up the age of 18 who are looking for help around:

  • anxiety
  • panic
  • fears and phobias
  • difficulties adjusting to new situations
  • depression
  • mood swings
  • bereavement
  • aggression 
  • challenging behaviour
  • hyperactivity
  • eating problems
  • severe issues with mental health including psychosis

Assessment and treatment

Usually, we do an initial assessment to understand what the problems are, what has caused the problems and what can be done to help.

There is a range of different ways to help children with emotional and behavioural difficulties including: 

  • advice and support for parents
  • counselling and therapy for children and young people.
  • therapeutic work with the whole family 

Average treatment length is six months to a year, with about six to twelve appointments during that time. Sometimes all that is needed are two or three appointments. Sometimes treatment is more intensive with more appointments over a longer time.

We work in schools, GP practices, health centres across Camden and the Tavistock Centre, where it’s convenient for young people and families to meet us.

CAMHS Team Overview

A number of multi-disciplinary teams work together to provide the CAMHS service in Camden. There are two clinic-based community teams, one based at the Tavistock Clinic and the other at Ampthill Square in South Camden. These teams work closely with GPs and with Schools. The second - The CAMHS LAC - is a refugee team of CAMHS staff who support the mental health issues for Looked After Children (LAC) and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). They work alongside Camden Social Services at the Crowndale Centre in South Camden. 

we also have the CAMHS Whole Family Service. The team work with families when there are other support agencies involved such as Social Services, Local Authority Early Help, Children’s Centres or Special Schools. The aim is to reach out to families who find it hard to seek help, and work closely with the other professionals so that care is well co-ordinated. 

Finally, the Camden Adolescent Intensive Support Team (CAISS) provides mental health support to young people in mental health crisis and facilitates safe discharge from paediatric wards and Tier 4 units. 

Our team of experts are from different specialties and work together to assess and treat our patients. The teams include psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, family therapists and social workers.

We work in schools, GP practices, health centres across Camden and the Tavistock Centre, where it’s convenient for young people and families to meet us.

Children, young people (up to 18 years), their families, parents and carers who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and mental health problems.

We accept self-referrals.

We also accept referrals from GPs and other professionals such as health visitors and school nurses.

Please phone us to find out more on 020 8938 2241.

Electronic Referral Service

Please be aware that GPs who can refer directly to Tavistock & Portman services are now able to refer to a Referral Assessment Service (RAS) via the Electronic Referral Service.

To locate the service on eRS, enter the following in the search fields:

Service name: Children, Young Adults and Family – Tavistock & Portman NHSFT

Priority: Routine

Speciality: Mental Health – Child and Adolescent

Clinic Type: Not Otherwise Specified

Organisation of Site Name field: Tavistock and Portman

Download the 'children, young adults and families' referral form

020 8938 2241

Please note that this email is only for professionals and patients who are making referral enquiries and referrals for CAMHS and our Adolescent and young adult service.

Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA