We have launched two new services in conjunction with the East Berkshire local authorities:
With Slough Borough Council we run the Mental Health Support Team (MHST). We support children and young people who attend 14 schools in Slough who have emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day to day life.
With the three local authorities in East Berkshire (Bracknell Forest, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Slough Borough Council) are the Getting Help Teams. We work with children and young people in these areas who need short-term support (around six to eight sessions) with low to moderate mental health issues.
Changes to our services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices. Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
You should only call NHS111 if you have a physical health concern. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate service.
If you need urgent help our team offer mental health support to children and young people and their families/carers between the hours of 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 0300 365 1234.
Outside these hours our adult crisis teams can be contacted for advice and guidance on 0300 365 0300.
Only in a medical emergency should you contact 999 or attend the local A&E department.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
The wellbeing of children and young people, their families, MHST staff and school staff is paramount. The MHST is a consent-based, non-statutory service for children, young people and their families with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
At this time:
For information about supporting children and young people’s mental health in response to COVID19, please see the government guidance.
The MHST supports children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day to day life.
It's for pupils on roll at 14 schools in Slough. This includes pupils on the roll of the Slough Virtual School for Children Looked After and young people who are not in employment or education (NEET).
The schools that are covered by the service are:
Beechwood, Ditton Park Academy, Haybrook College, Herschel Grammar, Holy Family Catholic Primary, Littledown, Pippins Primary, Priory, Slough & Eton, St Ethelbert's Catholic Primary, St Mary's C Of E Primary, Slough Virtual School, Wexham Court Primary, Ryvers Primary School, NEET Provision (Not in Employment or Education)
Depending on the age of the child or young person, we'll either work directly with them or with their parents. We also work with school staff and offer support on different levels, with the aim of developing and supporting a whole school approach to mental health.
The team consists of:
If you have any queries you can email the team at CAMHSgettinghelpeast@berkshire.nhs.uk
The Getting Help Team works with children and young people who need quick, short-term support (around six to eight sessions) with low to moderate mental health issues.
This help could take the form of participating in a group, or individual one to one informed CBT therapy (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
We’ll discuss all therapeutic interventions with the child or young person and their parent/carer (as appropriate), to make sure that this is the right approach for them.
We can also signpost to other services that may be able to better support the child/young person. We can support you to access more intensive CAMHS support if it is needed.
Referrals into the MHST are made via the education setting.
If your child/young person is on roll in one of the schools mentioned, or is part of the NEET provision, please contact the education setting directly to discuss potential support from the service.
You can self-refer into the Getting Help team via your council’s children’s service single point of entry (this is also known as a common point of entry or front door). Please see their websites for more information:
Bracknell Forest Borough Council: Bracknell Early Help Website
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM): RBWM Early Help Website
Slough Borough Council Slough Early Help Website
For urgent support with a child or young person’s mental health please contact CAMHS on: 0300 365 1234
Visit our urgent help page for more sources of help.
For safeguarding concerns about a child or young person, please contact the local authority:
Bracknell Safeguarding: 01344 352005
RBWM Safeguarding: 01628 683150
Slough Safeguarding: 01753 875362