About CAMHS

CAMHS stands for 'Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services'. CAMHS teams assess children and young people who present with mild, moderate or severe and complex concerns which are having a significant impact on a their development and are causing them and/or their carers distress.

We focus on behaviours which indicate moderate to severe mental health and development needs that are causing the child or young person's functioning to deteriorate and problems to escalate. These difficulties may be having a significant impact on the child or young person’s development quality of life.

The conditions we assess include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Deliberate self harm
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post traumatic syndromes
  • Severe behavioural problems

People using our service must be under the age of 18 and registered with a GP based in Surrey.

Read about our approach and the referrals process.


New service from 1 April 2016
From 1 April 2016, Surrey's mental health and learning disability services for children and young people are changing for the better.

To achieve this, we are leading an innovative partnership of both national and local voluntary, statutory and private providers, who have proven track records in delivering services to children and young people.

A new partnership model of care will help us deliver greater support to more children and young people with the aim of reaching them before they become seriously unwell.

One of the key changes under the new CAMHS model will be the creation of a single point of contact for referrals to CAMHS services and booking of appointments. This will be managed by partner, Beacon UK, and will ensure that those being referred are in contact with the right service and get the appropriate level of treatment and support.

For further information, download our new service brochure Creating a new vision for Surrey CAMHS.