The CYPSP Emotional Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) Group have shared a video of Children and young people who attend ID CAMHS, along with their parents, telling their journey to and with the ID CAMHS Team in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT):- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzIPi_iBT00
The SHSCT was the first in Northern Ireland to offer a fully comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) that is fully inclusive of Children and Adolescents who have an Intellectual Disability. One in forty children and young people have an intellectual disability, which means they have difficulty understanding
information and learning the skills needed for everyday life.
Dr Heather Hanna, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disability for the Southern Trust explains: “Children with an intellectual disability are four times more likely to develop a significant mental health, emotional or behavioural problem than the average child. However, until now there has been a lack of specialist services to help them overcome these challenges to allow them to flourish.
“We want children with an intellectual disability to have the same access to specialist therapeutic intervention when they experience mental health, emotional or behavioural difficulties, as every other young person. So, in response to national recommendations, we have broadened our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service to ensure we can now meet the needs of children and young people with Intellectual Disability.”
The Intellectual Disability (ID CAMHS) team is made up of a number of professionals – a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who is Clinical Lead for the service, an Advanced Practitioner/Manager, ID CAMHS Practitioners, Senior Practitioners and Assistant Practitioners who have different areas of clinical expertise.
For more information on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Southern Trust go to http://www.younghealthymindsni.co.uk/