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Mental health support for children and young people

While severe mental illnesses are rare in children, mental health difficulties are common. These difficulties can have a big effect on their lives, potential and families.

Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

CAMHS assess and treat moderate to severe mental health difficulties in children and young people. They offer help within school and community settings.

Referrals to CAMHS are usually through GPs, paediatricians or social services, but there are other ways to get referred.


Urgent mental health support

Call 999 or go to A&E now if:

  • there is immediate danger to someone's life
  • you do not feel that you or someone else are safe.

Get urgent help from the NHS for mental health difficulties.

Learn about national support services, voluntary groups and charities on the NHS's website.

Other helpful organisations

Young Minds helps children and young people, their families and people who work with them.

The Mental Health Foundation gives advice to people with mental health difficulties. They also research mental health and speak on behalf of people with mental health difficulties.

Every Mind Matters offers advice for looking after your mental health.

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