Who are we?
CAMHS is the child and adolescent mental health service in Surrey - also known as Mindsight Surrey CAMHS. We promote emotional wellbeing and deliver preventative mental health services and treatment to children and young people with mental health problems.
We are a partnership between Surrey County Council (SCC), Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Collaborative, Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) NHS Foundation Trust, voluntary oganisations and children and young people who use our services.
We support teachers, youth workers and people working with children and young people by offering them advice and training on how to spot mental health difficulties.
CAMHS also offers advice to children, young people, parents, and carers on what can be done by way of early interventions to prevent emotional difficulties developing as well as providing assessments and therapeutic interventions when children and young people are experiencing mental health problems.
More details on the CAMHS services provided by SABP are available here.
What does CAMHS do?
We work in many different ways with young people, depending on their needs.
- We support teachers, youth workers and people working with young people by offering them support and training on how to spot mental health difficulties. We also offer them advice about how to create an environment that helps to prevent emotional difficulties developing.
- We employ specialist mental health workers to work with children and young people with mild or moderate mental health difficulties. These professionals can also support parents and carers.
- Our psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers and community nurses provide more specialist services. These professionals work with children and young people with complex mental health difficulties, as well as supporting you.
- We also work with and support children and young people who may need very specialist treatment, which could involve hospital care. To contact CAMHS please use the link below
We work with children and young people who are at risk of going into care, to prevent the situation getting worse. We work with the Early Intervention in Psychosis Services across Surrey to improve the chances of children and young people recovering from psychosis. To find out more about this service visit their website.
Infant mental health
The Parent-Infant Mental Health (PIMH) service is a specialised service that aims to ensure every child has the best possible start in life; this is achieved by offering early intervention to parents who are identified as being at risk of poor attachment with their infant. The service is a Surrey-wide initiative and is funded and delivered through the partnership of community health, CAMHS, early years and social care. The service also offers a five week infant massage group which is therapeutic and also helps to improve relationships between infants and their parents or care givers.
We support people who work with children and young people who have been abused, so that they understand the risks to the young people’s mental health and know what support is available.
We have already begun a significant journey of transformation for child and adolescent mental health services across Surrey. We have an ambitious programme of change and it is our aim is to build on previous service improvement plans, user experience and stakeholder feedback. Read our 2014-2017 Transformation Plan here.
CAMHS 'One Stop' referrals
CAMHS referrals can only be made by a health, social care or education practitioners. So if you're a teacher, GP or a social worker you can refer a child or young person by:
- Calling 0300 222 5755. Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12pm Saturday.
- Writing to CAMHS One Stop, 18 Mole Business Park, Leatherhead, KT22 7AD.
- Visiting the secure web portal
Please DON'T use the 'contact us' tab on the main Healthy Surrey site.
For crisis referrals please call 0300 222 5755