Mental Health (CAMHS)

Our specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team sees children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are experiencing intense worries and distressing feelings. They also work with parents, wider family members and other key adults to understand problems better and decide what will help to make a difference.

If you have problems with anxiety and moods, an eating disorder, difficulties with family and other relationships or try to harm yourself the CAMHS team can help. They also work with children and young people who have conditions such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome and learning disabilities. There is an emergency service if you are very unwell or harm yourself that you can access through your GP or local A&E.

CAMHS delivers local services in North, South and Central Manchester and Salford, providing assessment and treatment. It also includes outreach and social workers who give ongoing support to young people in a range of different settings - e.g. children in care, in schools or in hospital.

CAMHS provides a range of different services including cognitive behaviour therapy, family therapy, courses and groups for parents and carers - as well as for young people. There are also dedicated services for specific groups of young people - for example, looked after children, adopted children, children with a learning disability and a specific service for 16-17 year olds. All of the teams can put you and your family in touch with other sources of help and support that you may need.

Your GP, school nurse, social worker or other healthcare professional will usually make the initial appointment for you to see a specialist in the CAMHS team.