Everyone experiences feelings such as being worried or stressed, but if these feelings don’t go away you might be in need of some extra support.

There is a wide variety of signs for mental health, but here are some of the indicators that you may be struggling with a mental health problem:
• Issues eating and/or with food.
• The desire or act of hurting yourself
• Feeling scared and/or anxious
• Hearing and/or seeing things that others don’t
• Issues controlling your temper and/or anger
• Having difficulties with those around you (eg family and friends)
• Seeing and/or hearing things that others don’t.


It can be hard to talk to someone, some people feel comfortable talking to a parent or career but if this is not the case you can talk to someone ese that you trust, this could be your GP or teacher. If your GP is concerned for you they might contact CAMHS.






An Advocate is someone who can offer independent support in speaking about what help you want.

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder where people more or less stop eating altogether. This is usually because they feel they are too fat, even if they appear very thin to others.


Anxiety can make you feel worried, frightened, irritable and fidgety. It can also make you feel sick, give you a stomach-ache and make you want to go to the loo a lot. Everyone feels anxious sometime, but some people have anxiety difficulties, which means that they feel very worried about things for a lot of the time

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

People with ADHD find it very difficult to sit still, to concentrate on things and/or to think before they act.

Binge Eating

This is a type of eating disorder where people eat a lot, but don’t get rid of it afterwards.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder where people will sometimes eat a lot of food at once, but then are sick or take laxatives to get rid of it.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

These are services that are available in every local area to help children and young people who have mental health difficulties. These services can help their families too. Mental health specialists work in teams in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to make sure that each person gets all the help they need.

Cognitive Behavourial Therapy

Learning and practising new ways of thinking and behaving that will make life easier for you and others.

Conduct Disorder

Conduct disorder is very bad behaviour that has been going on for some time. It is much more serious than being a bit naughty, and can end up with people getting in trouble with the police.


Any information you give to your doctor or the person looking after you should be kept private, unless there are concerns about your safety, and they should tell you if they are going to share your information with anyone else.


Everyone feels sad sometimes but people with depression feel very sad for a long period of time and can see no way forward.


This is when your doctor asks you and your family about your difficulties. This might include question about how long you have had the difficulties, how bad they are, and how they are affecting your life.


Your diet is what you eat. Sometimes changing what you eat can help change how you feel.

Group Therapy

Talking about things in a group on a regular basis with other people who are having difficulties.



CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service) provides help and support for children and young people suffering from mental or emotional health problems.

CAMHS aims to change sufferers lives through NHS and social care services which are:

• Improved from previous services
• A positive experience to everyone involved
• Free to those who need it
• Better value for the public and the NHS

Learn more about CAMHS for:

– Young people
– Parents and carers
– Professionals




How long does it take to be seen by CAMHS?

After we receive your referral we aim to see you for an appointment under 18 weeks, after this first appointment we will provide you with some self-help advice whilst you wait if there is a waiting list.

What age children do CAMHS see?

We see people up to the age of 18, although cases under 5 years of age will be individually assessed. Over 18s will be assisted onto an adult service.

Are CAMHS available out of hours?

We are open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. If you need someone to talk to out of these hours you can call your GP’s out of hours emergency number who will refer you to CAHMS if that is the best path to follow.

How can I get a referral to CAMHS?

The best and easiest technique is to visit your GP who will make a referral but you can also talk to another health professional such as a social worker or teacher.

Who will I see at CAMHS?

There are many people in the CAMHS team, please look at the “Meet the Team” pages. [LINK]

What can I do while I wait?

Our website contains information on “What you need help with” which contains information, support and related links.