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We believe strongly in the importance of collaboration and working together with other agencies to make the system of support for young people more effective and joined up.
We are co-located with our pals in the NHS to ensure young people don’t fall between gaps in services. We work outreached across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and are super flexible in how we can offer support. We also know loads about what’s going on locally and can help you connect to all kinds of activities and support.
In particular, we have a couple of ongoing collaborations with Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (our local NHS provider of children’s and adult mental health services).
Unfortunately, you can’t access these services via this website or one of our Hubs, but we work across the NHS to connect young people to the right support, projects, resources and community-based support.
The CAMHS Triage Assessment & Outreach Team
We employ five Engagement Workers who work alongside and under the supervision of NHS Clinicians to engage and support young people referred to NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, particularly those admitted to the Emergency Departments of our local hospitals for self-harm and attempted suicide.
Our Engagement Workers work across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, anywhere the young people and families accessing them are comfortable to meet – including at home. They offer practical support accessing education, training and cultural activities, but they also offer psychological education and safety planning to help with good self-care, and make connections between the OTR services you can read about on this website and NHS care.
Youth Transitions Workers
We employ three Youth Transitions Workers for 16-25 year olds who are embedded in the local adult community mental health teams (known as Assessment & Recovery Teams). Anyone making the transition from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent mental Health Services) to adult mental health services is allocated one of our workers to help make the transition as smooth as possible. More than this, our Transitions Workers are there to help young people learn and practice good self-care, and to connect them to community support and resources across Bristol.
Early Intervention in Psychosis
As part of our collaboration with adult mental health services, we also have a Support Worker embedded in the Bristol Early Intervention in Psychosis Team to support young people coming into that service.