child and adolescent mental health services (camhs)

CAMHS are specialist NHS children and young people's mental health services.

If you think your child might need more help than friends, family, school and GPs can give, you can read more about CAMHS here. Or perhaps you and your child are on the CAMHS waiting list, or have an appointment soon. So you know what to expect, we have put together information about CAMHS especially for parents and carers.

YoungMinds Parents' Helpline is a telephone and online support service, and we do not support families face to face, or provide mental health assessments. If this is what you are looking for, you will need to get a referral to your local CAMHS:

To FIND your local CAMHS service:

  • Speak to your GP or school who can refer your child to CAMHS

  • Search online for 'Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services' in your area - your local NHS trust website should have the details. Your child will still need to be referred by a professional.

If you are having trouble accessing CAMHS services for your child, and would like to discuss your concerns, please contact the YoungMinds Parents' Helpline.

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