Mill Lodge is our Trust’s Child and AdolescentMental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient unit for children and young people between 13 and 18 years of age.
The unit is based in Huntington, two-and-a-half miles out of York city centre and is staffed by nurses with the support of a larger team of psychiatrists, teachers, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, a family therapist, a dietician, secretarial support staff and a pharmacist.
Who is inpatient CAMHS for?
Many young people will experience difficult times when growing up. This can include emotional and behavioural problems which arise from a mental health condition and young people experiencing such issues are usually referred to a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, known as CAMHS.
Most young people with mental health issues are seen as outpatients by community CAMHS teams. However, if the problem is more severe and needs more intensive support then a referral to an inpatient team or unit – like Mill Lodge – may be appropriate.
An inpatient unit is like a hospital ward, though it is often a separate building in the community and the staff do not normally wear uniforms.
Most people who come to Mill Lodge are informal residential service users and some are admitted after being detained under the Mental Health Act (1993) or are subject to other court orders.