Childrens and Young Peoples Mental Health

Urgent Mental Health Help for Children and Young People

Call 03003 040061 from 9:00-17:00 Monday to Friday

Call 03005 000101 at any other time

An urgent response is necessary if the young person is at immediate risk of taking their own life or is showing severe psychotic symptoms.

The Urgent Specialist CAMHS service is available between 9:00 and 17:00 Monday to Friday for urgent mental health help

At other times, the Sussex Mental Healthline will direct to the appropriate urgent service.  

Other Local Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Other mental health services for children and young people are listed below.

Mental Health Information for Young People

If you feel there is a serious risk to yourself or others, or you are in danger or experiencing an emergency, you can contact or visit the following places and services:

In an emergency

A&E

Urgent Mental Health Help

If you are in danger of taking your own life, or having very bad mental health symptoms

Samaritans

For advice and support

  • FindGetGive -  find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton and Hove
  • Right Here - Brighton and Hove young people's charity
  • Young Minds - a national organisation that offers young people help and support
  • Time to Change - focuses on reducing stigma associated with mental health
  • Childline - contact Childline for help and advice on 08001111, or visit the Childline Website
  • Docready - gives you tools and help for talking to your doctor about your mental health
  • Carer’s Centre – information for Young Carers
  • E-motion - free online counselling for people aged 13-25 in Brighton and Hove
  • Where to Go For - a guide to support and services available for young people with mental health or wellbeing concerns
  • Schools Wellbeing Service (formerly known as Community CAMHS)  Primary Mental Health Workers are based in schools in Brighton and Hove to help students with mental health and emotional wellbeing.  The team links to the Community Wellbeing Service.  Please contact your school for more information.

 

Mental Health Information for Parents and Carers

Having a child with mental health issues can be difficult and challenging for any parent or carer, but there is lots of help and support available for you and your child.

It is important not to blame yourself - mental health problems can affect anybody.

You can find links to helpful information and services below.

What you can do

  • Talk to your child and try to find out what is upsetting them. Is it school, work, home or friends?
  • Visit the FindGetGive website which has a section for parents and carers.
  • Visit the Young Minds website - a national mental health charity that provides information for parents about mental health issues
  • Call 08088 025544, the Young Minds dedicated parents’ helpline, to talk through any of your worries
  • Visit the Time to Change website for advice on talking to your child about mental health
  • If you think that your child could benefit from an appointment at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), talk to your child’s school or college, GP, social worker or health visitor, and ask them to discuss your child's case with CAMHS.
  • You can find contact information and a map of mental health and counselling services in Brighton and Hove on the 'Where to go for' website 

Sources of Information and Support

FindGetGive for Parents and Carers

www.findgetgive.com is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton and Hove, including details on self-referral options.

If you are a parent you can view the parents and carers page to find helpful resources and tools to support yourself and your child around mental health.

Sussex Children and Young People and Family Eating Disorder Service

The Sussex-wide Children and Young People and Family Eating Disorder Service (CYP-FEDS) supports children and young people with eating disorders.

You can find information on things to look out for, who the service supports and contact details on the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust website.

Special Educational Needs / Disability (SEND)

If you are looking for help or information on services for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) then please visit Brighton and Hove City Council's website here.

Support for Siblings

Support and advice for siblings of a child or young person with mental health issues can be found at www.sibs.org.uk/parents

Community Paediatricians

Community paediatricians provide assessment, diagnosis and medical opinions for children who are vulnerable due to disability, developmental difficulties/disorders and/or disadvantage.

Find out more from Sussex Community NHS Trust's website here.

Front Door for Families

The Front Door for Families is now the single point of access for services for children and young people provided by Brighton and Hove City Council.

You can find more information on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.

Schools Wellbeing Service (formerly known as Community CAMHS)

Primary Mental Health Workers are based in schools in Brighton and Hove to help children and young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing.  The team links to the Community Wellbeing Service.

Please contact your child’s school for more information.

Information for Professionals Working with Young People

This information is aimed at teachers, social workers and other professionals working with children. Please also see the Information for Clinicians on Children's and Adolescents' Mental Health page.

FindGetGive

www.findgetgive.com is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton and Hove, including details on self-referral options.

Front Door for Families

The Front Door for Families is now the single point of access for services for children and young people provided by Brighton and Hove City Council.

You can find more information on the Brighton and Hove City Council website.

Sussex Family Eating Disorder Service

You can find information on the Sussex Family Eating Disorder Service on the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust website here.

Specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

You can find information on the Specialist Children's and Adolescent Mental Health Service on the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust website.

Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People

The Wellbeing Service provides NHS mental health treatment for children and young people.

Please follow the link for more information on the Wellbeing Service.

Schools Wellbeing Service (formerly known as Community CAMHS)

Primary Mental Health Workers are based in schools in Brighton and Hove to help children and young people with mental health and emotional wellbeing.  The team links to the Community Wellbeing Service, and can be contacted via a young person's school.

Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND)

For information on services for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND), please visit the Brighton & Hove City Council website.