Who we are and what we do?

The Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) is a specialist team of professionals from a range of backgrounds including adolescent psychiatry, clinical psychology, nursing and social work.

We are a multidisciplinary team who specialise in working with young people, aged 13-18, from Islington who are experiencing a range of mental health problems that are seriously affecting their everyday life and functioning. The problems are likely to be longstanding and will have made attending other services difficult. As a result, it may be a struggle for the young person to manage school; former interests may no longer be enjoyable and there may be increasing isolation from family and friends.

A proportion of the young people we work with are at risk of hospital admission or need an intensive community approach to support discharge from hospital. We aim to provide a service for risky young people and reduce the frequency and duration of hospital admissions.

At AOT, we aim to:

  • Provide an holistic assessment of young people’s mental health and find out what their behavioural and emotional needs are.
  • Work intensively with the young person. We can see a young person up to 5 times a week if necessary; the frequency can be changed depending on need.
  • Provide a young person with a case manager who will meet them on a regular basis.
  • Offer a flexible approach. We can work with the young person in their home, the nearby community or at their school if required.
  • Signpost and refer young people to different services if felt necessary.



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What are the types of problems AOT deal with?

Young people who are seen by AOT have complex difficulties and needs and are usually struggling in more than one area. Therefore, AOT deal with a wide range of mental health, emotional and behavioural needs such as:

  • Self harming behaviour
  • Feeling suicidal and/or with frequent presentations to A&E
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Behavioural problems
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorders for example, depression
  • Psychosis or psychotic presentations

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How do I access this service?

AOT take referrals from:

  1. All Islington Community CAMHS services (Patch, Priority 1, NDT, LAC, CAMHS Education etc)
  2. All hospitals who have admitted or assessed an Islington young person

AOT do not take self-referrals or referrals from any outside agencies

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Information for Young people

What is a crisis?

A crisis is when you are feeling overwhelmed with feelings that you are unable to cope with or feel that you may harm yourself or somebody else.

What can I do in this situation?


If you feel you may harm yourself or that you might be a risk to others, immediately visit your GP or nearest A&E where they will provide a mental health assessment, or call your appointed worker from Monday-Friday 9-5pm

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Where can I go for further support?

The Brandon Centre (Counselling and Psychotherapy)

26 Prince of Wales Road

Kentish Town



Tel: 020 7336 0022

Pulse  ( Counselling )

164 Holloway Rd


N7 8DD

Tel: 020 7527 1300

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Websites – For audio self-help therapies – For support, information and advice

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Last updated on 16th November 2017