Crisis

Crisis

ICAMHS stands for Intensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The ICAMHS team can be involved in a young person’s care for a variety of reasons:

  • Deliberate Self Harm Assessments – ICAMHS see young people who have tried to harm themselves in some way or who are experiencing a crisis with regards to their mental health which has requested them to be admitted to A&E. ICAMHS will attend the paediatric ward at Walsall Manor Hospital to complete a mental health assessment once the young person is deemed medically fit.
  • Deliberate Self-Harm Follow Up – Every young person assessed when seen at Walsall Manor Hospital is offered a follow up appointment within 7 days. This is to re-assess the risk post discharge following an episode of self-harm or crisis and consider either a plan of support from CAMHS, discharge from CAMHS and/or support from other services is required.
  • Priority Choice Appointments – When a young person is referred to CAMHS and is deemed to have an increased risk to themselves or to others or if early intervention is required for the presenting symptoms ICAMHS will see a young person within 7 days of referral so that an assessment can take place.
  • Appointments and Home Visits – ICAMHS see young people for appointments at home and sometimes at our offices. These appointments are for continuous assessment, monitoring and management or increased risk behaviours or episodes of mental health crisis that require more intensive monitoring.

If a young person is in need of urgent crisis support outside of the operating hours for ICAMHS we recommend that you access your nearest Accident & Emergency department.