There are different types of mental health services; some are for children and young people and others are for adults. We have services for people who are only just starting to feel unwell and services for those who are more seriously ill.

They all help in different ways and you or the person you care for might be referred to one or all of them. You can find out more about what type of support each service delivers by reading the blurbs below. 


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Also known as CAMHS, these services provide specialist treatment and support to children and young people who have emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties that could be impacting their life by causing sleep problems, violent or angry behaviour, obsessions, low-mood or hurting themselves.

Referral process: You can be referred to CAMHS by your GP, school or other professionals. To find out more visit our Mindsight Surrey CAMHS website.

Community Mental Health Recovery Services

Also known as CMHRS, this service provides specialist treatment and support to adults (18+) who have serious and / or complex mental health problems.

Someone will be referred to a CMHRS when a mental health problem is affecting their ability to keep themselves or others safe and / or affecting their ability to work and go out and see friends. CMHRS teams also support carers / family.

Referral process: People are generally referred to a CMHRS by their GP. Once the information the GP sends has been read someone from the team will arrange to talk to the person who has been referred to discuss their needs. A decision is then made about whether the CMHRS is the right service to help. If it is, a care co-ordinator will be allocated and an appointment with a psychiatrist might be made. If it is decided that a CMHRS is not the right service advice will be given about other services that can help. 

You can find out more about the different mental health professionals by clicking here.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Also known as IAPT, this service provides talking therapies to people over 18 years who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions such as stress, low mood, anxiety, panic attacks, depression (including pre and post natal), obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, post traumatic stress and mild eating difficulties.

A range of treatments are available, dependent on a person's needs. These treatments include workshops / courses, group therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), guided self help and individual therapy.

Referral process: A person can refer themselves to IAPT, or they can be referred by their GP. The IAPT service for people in Surrey is called Mind Matters and you can find out more by visiting the website.

Recovery Services

When we talk about recovery in mental health we are not necessarily referring to a complete recovery in the way you may recover from a physical health problem.

More information about recovery is available from the Mental Health Foundation or our Recovery College.