What is a 'referral?'
A referral means "to send someone to a medical specialist for advice or treatment." In healthcare this is usually done by a GP. In Lincolnshire, you can 'self-refer' to children and young people’s (CYP) services. These services include CAMHS, Healthy Minds Lincolnshire and Mental Health Support Teams. This means that if you are struggling with your emotional or mental health, you can call us directly on our Lincolnshire Here4You phoneline to speak to a professional about getting the right support for you.
In this telephone call, we may give you tips and strategies on ways you could help yourself, or we may agree together that you need some extra support from us. If we do not think we are the best place to help, we will always let you know who is and where to go next.
Here are some things to think about before ringing to make sure you get the right support you need.
- If it’s an life-threatening emergency or you need urgent medical attention, please phone 999 or go to your local Accident and Emergency Department.
- If you are already open to CAMHS or Healthy Minds, if you have any queries about your care then you need to contact your current worker or team office. Self-referral is for young people who are not currently being supported by these services.
- Our services usually get involved after you have already tried things to help yourself- this may be an online counselling service, counselling at your school etc. To make sure that you are getting the right support in the right place at the right time, please take some time to look at our Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Pathway. This pathway includes information about ALL local services that can help support young people and families with emotional wellbeing, mental health or behavioural concerns.
- If you are a parent/carer ringing to refer your child/young person, please note you need to have Parental Responsibility in order to make this referral. If your child/ young person is aged 13 or over you must have their consent prior to making a referral via the Here4you line.
If you have contacted our service to make a self referral we would value your feedback and would be grateful if you could complete our Lincolnshire Here4You line feedback form.
If you are 13 or older you can complete our online self-referral form. If you are aged under 13, please speak to your parent/carer who can make the referral on your behalf by calling our Here4You line.