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Health advice and support for young people



Do you need urgent mental health help now?

If you are feeling suicidal and need help, please call 999.

See your GP if:

  • you have been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks
  • your anxiety is affecting your daily life

If you want to talk to someone right away, the mental health helpline page has a list of organisations you can call for immediate help.

The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 116 123 (free).

If you have had thoughts of self-harming contact someone you can trust immediately, such as a GP or a friend or relative. 

The NHS Moodzone has some tips on reducing stress and anxiety.

Every Mind Matters:

NHS Every Mind Matters has a number of resources for people struggling with mental health, particularly during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is used as a term for all services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing.

Most CAHMS have their own website, which will have information about access, referrals and more, including phone numbers, so you can get in touch directly for detailed advice.

You may also find it helpful to speak to:

  • your GP
  • someone you trust at school or college – for example, a teacher, pastoral lead, school nurse or special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)
  • health visitors
  • children's centres

Transitioning from CAMHS to Adult mental health services:

The age children and young people move to another service can differ. For example, some transition at 16, others at 18 or older.

Transition between services can be a scary time for young people as the teams they know and are used to working with change.

Your CAMHS team should work closely with you to support the transition.

For example, you could have a joint meeting with your current team and the new adult mental health services.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website has information about moving on from CAMHS.

What can I expect from my CAMHS appointment?

Rethink has a guide that offers tips about what to expect and ask during your first CAMHS appointment and beyond.


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