Many young people will experience difficult times when growing up. This can include emotional and behavioural issues which arise from mental health issues. Sometimes these issues can impact on the young person and/or those around them in a way which is problematic and requires professional help to overcome. For young people with mental health issues, the appropriate service is 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 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.
Mill Lodge is a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) inpatient unit for children and young people between 13 and 18 years of age.
Inpatient services are accessed when more intensive support is required. Referrals are made through Community CAMHS.
Mill Lodge Inpatient Unit can accommodate 16 young people.
The unit has a multi-disciplinary staff team, which includes psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, a family therapist, dietitians, clinical, physiotherapists, teachers and a social worker.
The decision to admit a young person to Mill Lodge is made after the young person and their family/carers have visited and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of admission. Parents maintain full parental rights and responsibilities throughout the admission unless the young person is detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or a court order affects those rights and responsibilities.
Each young person and their family will be encouraged to be actively involved in their own care and in the overall running of Mill Lodge. Young people have their own care plan, which they contribute to. Families are invited to meet with team members to talk about all aspects of the service.
Get in touch
Our CAMHS Inpatient Unit is based at Mill Lodge in York and can be contacted on 01904 294050.