Emotional Wellbeing/Mental Health

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs)

CAMHS offers advice and support to professionals working with children & young people where emotional, behavioral or mental health problems are not responding to preventative or general services interventions.

Practitioners may also offer initial face-to-face brief treatments for children & young people and/or families/carers where appropriate. Interventions are often provided in community settings such as children’s centres, schools and health centres. A range of short term interventions can be offered depending on the needs of the young person/family.

CAMHS also works with more severe, complex, and enduring difficulties. CAMHS can also help where there is a reasonable indication that the child may have complex neurodevelopmental difficulties eg autistic spectrum continuum, ADHD or other difficulties that may require a multi-disciplinary assessment.

CAMHS are able to work with children & young people where there are signs and symptoms suggestive of the following:

  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in school aged children
  • Moderate to severe depression
  • Moderate to severe anxiety or phobia (not responding to Tier 2 interventions)
  • Post Traumatic Disorder (presenting 3 months or more after the event)
  • Attachment disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders in school aged children
  • Psychosis (if over 14yrs should be referred to Insight Team in Calderdale on 01422 425 101)
  • Eating disorders (such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia)
  • Conduct disorder (where there is a mental health presentation)
  • Deliberate self-harm
  • Tic disorders (including Tourette’s Syndrome)

Resources for Young People

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Cannabis and mental health

Coping with stress


Drugs and alcohol

Exercise and mental health

Mental illness in a parent

Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD)

Worries about weight and eating problems

Resources for Parents

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Good parenting

The restless and excitable child

Children who soil or wet themselves

Sleep problems in childhood and adolescence

Behavioral problems and conduct disorder 

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 

The child with general learning disability 

Specific learning difficulties 

Autism and Asperger syndrome 

Depression in children 

Worries and anxieties: helping children to cope 

Divorce or separation of parents: the impact on children and adolescents 

Death in the family: helping children to cope 

The emotional cost of bullying 

Traumatic stress in children 

Domestic violence: its effects on children 

Child abuse and neglect: the emotional effect 

Self-harm in young people 



Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents 

Obsessive–compulsive disorder in children and young people 

Eating disorders in young people 

Medically unexplained physical symptoms 

Parental mental illness: the problems for children 

Surviving adolescence


Click here for guidance on referrals to Calderdale CAMHS

Thriving Kirklees Referral Form

Calderdale Referral Form

Useful Contacts

Click here for the Childline website - Contact on 01422 300 001

Click here for the NOAH's Ark Counselling Services Calderdale website

Kirklees School Nurses - 030 0304 5555

Calderdale School Nurses - 030 3330 9974