If you are worried about the mental health of your son, daughter or another child in your care there are a number of things you can do:
- Talk to your child and try to find out what’s upsetting them. Is it school, work, friends? We have lots of information on the child and young person section of this website on the issues which may be affecting them.
- Talk to their school or college, GP, or health visitor. If you think that the child in your care could benefit from an appointment at CAMHS ask them to discuss your child's case with CAMHS and then they can decide if your child needs to be referred.
- If there is an emergency, take the child or young person to the nearest hospital A & E department.
- If you have concerns about specific issues or conditions, read our A to Z of conditions to learn more about them and find out where you can go to get help.
- Netmums see a wealth of information or chat to others in a forum.
- Surrey Family Links offers advice and courses to parents
- YoungMinds is a national mental health charity which provides information for parents about mental health issues. It also has a dedicated parents helpline which you can call to talk through any of your worries. Tel: 0808 802 5544.
Remember, for your child to attend CAMHS they do need to be referred to CAMHS by a professional such as a teacher, school nurse, social worker or GP. It is not possible for parents or carers to self-refer to CAMHS.
What happens at CAMHS?
Once your child has been referred to CAMHS, they will receive an appointment letter from one of our professionals. We would usually invite you to attend the meeting with them.
This initial meeting will allow us to assess your child, ask questions about how they are feeling, and what might be causing them to feel this way. We will ask for your input throughout the assessment. Once we have met with your child, we will then be able to consider the best course of treatment.
Coming to CAMHS with a child or young person
Coming to CAMHS can seem like a daunting experience for a child or young person, so read our FAQs from young people to hear some of the questions children and young people have about CAMHS and how we support parents and carers.
Support for parents and carers
There are many sources of support and information for parents and carers available to help you, including details of the latest conferences to attend.