Pediatric Mental Health Frequently Asked Questions

Sidra Medicine’s Psychology Services for Children & Young People in Qatar

Learning that your child needs mental health services can seem alarming at first. Don’t let rumors regarding mental health issues mislead you; caring for a patient’s mind and emotions is an integral part of healthcare. Below, we answer some frequently asked questions we receive about Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services at Sidra Medicine.

How long does it take to be seen by CAMHS?

Once we receive a referral, we triage the patient according to the severity of symptoms. If the symptoms need urgent care, we will strive to see the child within seven days of triage. For other referrals, we will book a time for an initial appointment, which usually takes about three to four weeks but can be sooner if needed. After your initial appointment, if required, we will schedule for regular follow-ups.

What age children do CAMHS see?

CAMHS accepts referrals for children 5-18 years of age. When your child turns 18, we will normally support them with a transition to adult services at Hamad Adult Psychiatry if they still need help.

Are CAMHS services available out of hours (7 am-3 pm)

At this time, it is not possible to talk to your local CAMHS team outside the hours of 7 am-3:30 pm (though some individual providers may have asked you to call them after starting a new treatment). In case of an emergency bring your child to the Sidra Medicine Emergency Department

How can I get a referral to CAMHS?

Referrals are accepted from any professional in health, education, or private clinics. In the case of school-based problems, including concerns about academic achievements, help should have been sought from the appropriate professionals such as schools psychologists and school nurses before the referral is made to CAMHS at Sidra Medicine.

Who will I see at CAMHS?

We have a diversely experienced staff, and the professional your child will see will depend on whose skills best match your child’s needs. During the referral triage, our clinicians will decide whether a psychologist or a psychiatrist can better meet your needs. Rest assured that all of our clinicians are very well trained and are extremely qualified to handle any child and adolescent mental health conditions.

What should I bring to the appointment?

It is helpful for the clinician to review the child’s school reports, teachers’ observations forms, or previous evaluations. Please remember to bring these during your initial visit with us. Also would be helpful to bring the current medication prescription bottles with you.