Primary Mental Health Workers support young people aged 11-18 who are experiencing mental health difficulties that may not meet the CAMHS criteria. They will work either on a short term or a long term basis depending on the needs of the individual, providing support with the following: anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts (without attempting or making plans to commit suicide), low mood, consistently getting angry, being withdrawn from others, body image, self-esteem, self-worth, bullying, help to minimise the impact of negative life experiences.
Primary Mental Health Workers can provide support in different ways, not limited to, but including: solution focus intervention, guided self-help, group work and one-to-one sessions. You can see your Primary Mental Health Worker in your school or in a safe location in the community. Each appointment will last up to an hour and will be with the same worker either weekly or fortnightly.