The Reach4Wellbeing team aims to promote positive wellbeing, reach children and young people in their communities and reduce the stigma of mental health.
We currently provide short-term group programmes for children and young people age 5-18 experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and low mood.
We are passionate about improving the emotional and mental wellness of children and young people. Our team are friendly, knowledgeable and supportive of all children and young people we work with.
The CAMHS Reach4Wellbeing team delivers interactive online group programmes for young people and parents of primary school age children using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles. We accept self-referrals and referrals from professionals
Each of the online sessions are evidence based and we are currently able to offer the following:
•A six week anxiety and low mood programme for young people (years 7 to 13)
•A six week anxiety programme for parents/carers to support the emotional wellbeing needs of their children who are in reception to year 6.
Our programmes rely on practising skills outside the weekly group sessions. Research has shown that the more children and young people practice skills learnt in the groups, the more they saw improvements in their anxiety/depression and experienced greater positive well-being by the end of, and following the group. Like any change, this entails hard work, persistence and time, if you currently cannot put in this additional commitment, our programmes will not be effective.
To benefit from this treatment please only attend a Reach4Wellbeing group when you feel ready to participate in the programme and complete the practice tasks between sessions.
Some of the feedback comments from our online groups:
“Thank you, that session was more powerful than you could ever know”
“After last week’s meeting, I walked around like clear, blue sky!”
“This meeting has structured my thought process about stuff better”
“It feels good to know I’m not alone and there are other families coping with the same difficulties”
“I found the course content has been clear and concise, it’s provoked opportunity to talk and created thoughtful conversations.”
Service hours: Monday – Friday; 8.30am – 4.30pm
Location: Countywide community locations
Team Lead: Catherine Eastwell
How to access the service
We accept referrals where:
• The child/young person has a Worcestershire GP.
• The child/young person is between 5 to 18 years old.
• Whenever possible the child/young person has accessed previous support for the emotional wellbeing/mental health difficulty that the referral is about.
We are currently unable to accept referrals if the child or young person:
• Is currently engaged in face to face counselling/therapy for their anxiety with another service other than Kooth.
• Is currently under or is waiting to be seen by a Specialist CAMHS team.
• Regularly self-harms
• Has experienced multiple traumatic episodes
• Is undergoing or awaiting assessment with the Umbrella Service or has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.
• Requires one to one talking therapy support
• Has a previous history of attempts to overdose or take own life (if this occurred over 12 months ago and you feel this young person is suitable for this service please contact us)
• Is currently receiving support from the Youth Justice Service.
• Requires intervention for their behaviour - Groups are available for parents who would like to build on their existing skills and learn new approaches to support and recognise the feelings behind their child’s behaviour:
Once a referral is received it will be discussed at our earliest possible triage meeting
- If the referral is accepted a letter to inform the parent/carer/young person of the outcome and an invite to the next available group will be sent.
There are occasions where our service may not be beneficial or be best placed to meet the child or young person’s needs; a referral outcome letter will explain why this is and what alternative options are available.
As per our referral criteria we are unable to accept referrals for Children / Young People who are currently under or are waiting to be seen by a Specialist CAMHS Team. We currently provide short-term online interactive group programmes for children and young people age 5-18 experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and low mood. If your child has already been accepted for specialist CAMHS their Mental Health need has been deemed as one that is moderate to severe and it is unlikely that a Reach4Wellbeing group would be effective at this time.