What is CAMHS?

CAMHS stands for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services.

We help children and young people when they feel very upset, sad or worried.

Lots of people work in our service:

  • Practitioners with lots of experience working with sad or upset people; they understand the things that might make them feel better.
  • Group Workers who run group work.  Groups are lots of fun and it’s always good for you to know you are not alone (because you aren’t).
  • Special doctors called Psychiatrists; they have had extra training and understand how medicine can sometimes help people.

At CAMHS, there are no white coats and it’s not scary….we just love helping children and young people to feel better.

What do CAMHS provide?

There are lots of different types of mental health problems.

At CAMHS we can help with things like:

  • Low mood…feeling super sad
  • Worries
  • Phobia…things that make you feel very afraid
  • Obsessive thoughts…thinking or doing something over and over
  • Trauma…being very frightened about something that has happened and thinking about it a lot
  • Self harm…hurting yourself on purpose
  • Difficulties with eating…controlling your eating too much or making yourself poorly after eating
  • Managing feelings…helping you to control your feelings

Who is it for?

CAMHS is for people aged up to 18, who need help with how they are thinking or feeling.

When people become poorly in this way, it can stop them from:

  • having fun
  • making friends
  • doing well at school
  • doing things that make them happy

We all have “good” and “bad” things happen.  Sometimes, people spend too long thinking about the bad things and forget the good.

CAMHS can help by showing you how to keep things balanced.

CAMHS also thinks about parents, guardians and carers

We can help them too, if they feel they need some support or advice.

I think I need help…

Please don’t think no one will understand.
At some point, most people feel upset, sad or worried.
It is really important you talk to someone.

Who can I talk to?

Teachers, parents, relatives, carers, social workers and doctors can help you, and contact CAMHS for you.

Don’t suffer in silence!

There are other groups available to help you.



Online support for young people.


Confidential telephone service for any child with a problem.  Freephone 0800 1111 (24 hours a day)


Confidential advice for young people with an eating disorder.

Helpline 0845 6347650 (Monday to Friday evening from 4:30pm to 8:30pm and Saturdays 1:00-4:30)

Email fyp@b-eat.co.uk

What happens if a referral is made?

There are different stages to our referral and treatment process. Below, you will see what each stage involves, whilst across the page we have put together a flowchart for you so you can see how the stages all fit together.


A referral is a letter or form explaining why you need help


The referral is carefully looked at by us


We will see if we can help (we accept the referral), whether we need to give some advice or if another service would be better


If CAMHS can help,  we will complete an assessment with you.  We will talk to you about what you would like help with.


We will agree the best way to help you, with you.  We will work together to make a Care Plan for you, and set some goals for you.


We will book future appointments at a time that suits you.


Together, we will look at how your treatment is going, and make any changes you may need.


This could mean achieving the goals we talk about in your care plan.


There will come a point when we look at discharging you. We are still here for you if you need us…discharge is the chance to enjoy your recovery and use your new skills.

Referral & Treatment Process Chart