Children and Young People's Mental Health

There are a number of different services available across North Yorkshire to support children and young people’s mental health.

These include services commissioned by NHS North Yorkshire CCG, services commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council (such as Compass Phoenix) and services provided by the voluntary and community sector and the private sector.

For health professionals

The TEWV CAMHS/ADHD Referral Form is available, here

Compass Phoenix: professionals' referral form

The Go-To website

Information about services and support available for children and young people’s mental health can be found in one place – The Go-To website. The website is designed to help young people, parents and carers and professionals find the right mental health and wellbeing support to help young people stay well.

Information leaflets

To download a guide on what services are available in your area to support children and young people’s emotional and mental wellbeing, select your locality below:

Local Transformation Plans

In 2015, Future in Mind, the national report of the Children and Young People’s Health Taskforce was published by NHS England.

The report established a clear direction and set key principles about improving access to high quality mental health care for children and young people. As a result of Future in Mind, Clinical Commissioning Groups are required to produce a Local Transformation Plan and to ‘refresh’ this plan annually as part of an ongoing assurance process.

The Local Transformation Plan for North Yorkshire CCG (refreshed October 2019) reviews the progress over the last year of children and young people’s emotional and mental health, and outlines the plan for improvement over the next year.

In order to achieve these ambitions, the children and young people’s commissioning team work closely with partners and stakeholders across North Yorkshire to collaboratively address the social and emotional health needs of children and young people across the region. This includes multi agency partnership working to ensure seamless work between agencies and services providers.

Download the Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health (2015-2020)

Download the Action Plan for the Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health (2015-2020)

Urgent help

If you're in crisis and need support, it's important to get help.

  • If you’ve seriously injured yourself or taken an overdose call 999 or get immediate medical advice from NHS 111.
  • If you’re in a mental health emergency you can call the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust single point of access crisis freephone number: 0800 0516171. This is an-all age, single point of access telephone number available 24/7 for those living in most of North Yorkshire, County Durham and Darlington and Teesside.
  • You can also text the SHOUT National Crisis line on 85258.
Image of crisis telephone number; 0800 0516171
If it's a mental health emergency, dial 0800 0516171 for free

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Help for children and young people can come from several sources, including family, friends, schools and colleges, and the voluntary sector.

Charities provide vital and varied interventions via their frontline services, networks, helplines and campaigns. For those who need specialist support, the NHS is here to help.  Some resources for children and young people, families and carers are detailed below:

  • Local NHS 24/7 urgent mental health lines (which can be found on nhs.uk/urgentmentalhealth).
  • Public Health England’s Better Health Every Mind Matters campaign which provides helpful tips for young people, parents and carers. There are designated pages to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and also provides advice that can help maintain good mental wellbeing.
  • YoungMinds Parents Helpline is available for parents, guardians and carers and you can call them on 0808 802 5544; 9.30am to 4pm on weekdays.
  • Young Minds Crisis Messenger provides free crisis support during a crisis – this is available every day of the week, at any time day or night. All that is required is to text YM to 85258. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
  • Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide) provides advice and support for young people who feel like they want to take their own life, and all their advice is confidential. Their helpline – HOPELineUK – can be reached on 0800 068 41 41 or one can text them on 07786 209 687 (lines are open every day from 9am to midnight).
  • Childline offer support to CYP under 19, and they confidentially call, email, or chat online about any problem, big or small. Their freephone 24-hour helpline is 0800 1111. You can sign up for a Childline account on their website and you will then be able to message a counsellor anytime without using an email address. Or you can have a one-to-one chat with an online advisor.
  • SHOUT provides free, confidential, 24/7 text message support in the UK for anyone who is struggling to cope and anyone in crisis. Text SHOUT to 85258. This service is free on all major mobile networks.
  • Samaritansare an organisation who are available at any time of the day or night. They will help the CYP and listen to how they are feeling. They can be reached on 116 123 or via email at jo@samaritans.org.

There is also guidance and training suggestions available to support staff and systems:

  • MindEd a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health.
  • Paediatric critical care in practice is an online e-learning portal of resources designed for health professionals to use to develop their knowledge.
  • Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations.
  • We Can Talk, children and young people’s mental health training, advice and resources for hospital staff.