At the Community Youth team we provide support in the community to young people aged 14 to 25. We can help if you are at risk of developing a serious mental illness which is having a significant impact on your social functioning.
Your illness may include moderate to severe depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, and mood disorders including bipolar affective disorder, post traumatic stress disorder or emergent personality disorder.
We accept referrals from you directly as a young person, from your parents or a designated carer. We also accept referrals from statutory and non-statutory organisations, for example your GP or school.
For new self-referrals, please contact the Access and Assessment team on 01493 337958. For urgent out of hours referrals please contact your local out of hours GP or Accident and Emergency department.
We aim to be youth friendly and accessible, working in partnership with third sector agencies and involving you as a service user in the development of our service. We offer you an initial telephone triage with a mental health practitioner to help us get more information, some of which we understand is sensitive. This is to make sure you're offered an initial assessment by the most appropriate professional in our team or a partner agency.
Following your assessment the clinician discusses alternative treatment options with you. In the team we have psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, assistant practitioners and community support workers. The team offers one-to-one and group interventions. We don't always offer diagnosis or medication, but our work is centered around what you perceive to be the problem as an individual.
The frequency of your visits depends on your needs and on your discussion with us. We always endeavour to respect individuality and any care package we offer is designed in conjunction with you to enable you to achieve an optimum level of emotional and mental wellbeing.
Resource CentreNorthgate HospitalGreat YarmouthNR30 1BU
For all referrals, contact our Access and Assessment team on 01493 337958. Our office number is 01493 337738. Both of these numbers are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. For urgent out of hours needs please contact your local out of hours GP or Accident and Emergency department.
Moderate to severe depressionMood disordersAnxiety disordersPost traumatic stress disorderPersonality disordersPsychotic disorders
We aim to involve carers in the assessment and care planning, with your agreement, to discuss issues they may be concerned about. We give information on carer support groups to carers so they can meet with other carers for support and advice.
For individuals who have taken on a full time carer role, or are struggling to balance their caring duties with day to day life, we carry out a carer's assessment.