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ELFT expands pilot for children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis

Posted on: 18 June 2019

Children and young people across Tower Hamlets, City & Hackney and Newham now have access to East London Foundation Trust's (ELFT) dedicated mental health crisis service.


The Extended Crisis Service offers quick and easy access to children and young people, allowing them to speak with a CAMHS specialist nurse out of hours, with a focus on therapeutic assessment, working out the right follow up plan for each individual and moving to recovery as soon as possible.


In addition to the existing Monday to Friday 9-5 service, there are now CAMHS nurses based out of hours in the Accident & Emergency Departments at Homerton University, Newham University and the Royal London Hospitals.


Speaking about the new initiative, Ruth Woolhouse, Nurse Manager for the new Extended Crisis Service said: "We know that rates of mental health crisis among children and young people, often leading to self-harm and suicide, are on the increase. We also know that being able to talk to a specialist quickly can make a big difference, also for families."


"We are set up to offer support for under 18s in mental health crisis. We work out of the Accident & Emergency Departments Monday to Friday11am to 11pm, and weekends and bank holidays from 10am to 2.30pm. Our dedicated team can offer effective support to find safer ways of coping and sorting out problems."


To see a member of the team, people can go to the A&E department at Royal London, Homerton University or Newham University Hospital at these times.


For further information, please contact 0203 222 5600, Mondays – Fridays between 9am and 5pm.

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