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Sometimes we use long or confusing words... Here are some of them, and what they mean.


This is a document that shows the help and support you should get from our services from referral to discharge. It makes sure that you are offered care that has been proven to work and helps us to make sure everyone is getting a fair service and also to see what’s missing from our service.


This is a similar to a map of care. It shows a set of treatments that have been proven to work for certain conditions and helps us to offer and deliver the same high quality care to everyone.  



A care co-ordinator is a qualified health professional that is responsible for overseeing your care and making sure that you get the help and support that you need.



You may see or hear this term used but it is nothing for you to worry about.  It is a word that is part of an approach we use to support how we deliver services. The word choice is used to describe the first part of your referral and assessment process.



CBT is a type of therapy that looks at how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your feelings and thoughts. It helps you to learn and new ways of thinking and behaving that will make life easier for you and others.



This is the presence of two or more disorders at the same time. For example, a person with depression may also have co-morbid obsessive compulsive disorder.



This means saying ‘Yes’ to something that affects you. ‘Informed consent’ means that you fully understand what you are agreeing to. If you are unable to consent because you do not fully understand, we may ask your family/carers to consent on your behalf.



Any information you give to your doctor or the person looking after you should be kept private, unless there are concerns about your safety, and they should tell you if they are going to share your information with anyone else.



This is when you and your family are asked about your difficulties to help us identify the nature and possible cause. This might include questions about how long you have had the difficulties, how bad they are, and how they are affecting your life.



This means when a certain treatment or approach has been tested and found to work well for certain conditions or difficulties. The testing process will involve feedback from health practitioners and people who use services.



This is when the information you provide helps you and the people who are working with you to understand and map out the difficulties and problems you are experiencing and work out ways in which they can support and help you.



This involves working with you and all relevant members of your family to help reduce and improve your problems and difficulties.



Talking about things on a regular basis with a group of people who are having similar difficulties to you.



 A type of assessment that helps you to think about what you want to achieve from you contact with CAMHS and then helps you to measure how close you are to achieving this.



Another word for treatment. It means that you and CAMHS are working together to manage your difficulties. Intervening is like standing in front of something and stopping it going any further. By intervening in whatever the problem is, we hope you will begin to feel better.



Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health. Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If your mental health is good you can make the most of your potential, cope with life and play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.



We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem. These are when feelings you have get ‘too much’ and get in the way of you leading your life. They can be many different kinds of feelings such as anger, feeling scared or sad. People sometimes also use the words ‘emotional and behavioural problems’ to describe mental health problems.



These are people who are specially trained to understand and help people with mental health problems, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, psychotherapists, art therapists, play therapists and counsellors.



These are standard ways of assessing the difference that a treatment/intervention has made to you. We will ask you to rate yourself on a very easy to use form and we may also ask your parents/carers to do the same. Some measures will be done at the beginning, middle and end of your time with us and some will be done at the end of each session. Some of the measures will be about how you feel in general, some will be related to your difficulties and goals and others will be about how you feel the session went. All the information will be used to help us to make sure we are offering you the treatment that is best for you.



This means when there are a number of treatments that work well together to help with certain difficulties.



This means that we will all work together with you and your family to help you feel better. As with the word Choice, you may see or hear the term Partnership used to describe the way we deliver services. The word partnership is used to describe the process that occurs after your referral and assessment.



This is used to describe the relationship between you and the person working with you.



Whilst we prefer people to remain in their own home, sometimes the problems that they are experiencing need more intensive help and support and they need to be admitted to an inpatient unit. This is what we call a Tier 4 Service. 



This is a plan agreed by you, your family and your doctor or the person working with you. It should look at what your needs are and what is going to happen to meet those needs and help you.



This means the first level of care in the NHS and usually the first point of contact such as your GP, School Nurse, etc.



A doctor who specialises in providing mental health care.



Education offered to young people and their families that helps them to understand their condition and identify what they can do to improve their health and wellbeing.



Recovery is a word often used to describe the process that helps you move forward with your life. It does not mean the same as it does in physical health and it not the same as ‘cure’ or symptom free. For many people it is about living the best life possible whilst still experiencing difficulties. This means helping you think about your strengths, abilities and hopes for the future and thinking about what changes  you can make to help you take control of your life and achieve your goals and dreams.