Community teams - Hampshire

Children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are made up of specialist teams offering assessment and treatment to children and young people up to age 18 who have emotional, behavioural or mental health problems.

We know that being told that you or someone close to you has a mental health condition can be difficult. That's why we've produced a simple guide to our services which explains who we are and what we do. It will also tell you how to access our services and what to expect when you come to us for your first appointment. Further information is also available on the page below.

To find out more about Hampshire CAMHS and get some tips and basic information about mental health conditions and some of the life difficulties that children and young people can experience, please visit the Hampshire CAMHS website.

We are part of the National Health Service (NHS) and provide services across the South East. We help children and young people and their families and carers when someone is experiencing emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties.

We are asked to see people when someone is worried that they are finding things more difficult than usual.

The person who is worried about you may be a parent or carer, teacher, doctor, or someone else who knows you well. Being asked to help you is often called a referral. Don’t worry if you’ve been referred, it just means we are offering you extra support.

All of us are specially trained to help you with things like the thoughts inside your head, the way you are feeling and the way you are behaving. Thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect each other and we will help you understand how and why.

Some of our teams focus on working with particular groups of young people including those with learning disabilities or who are looked after.

You can talk to a GP, teacher or social worker about getting an appointment with us - known as making a referral - if you think you need specialist support.

You can also approach us yourself by giving us a call on 0300 304 0050, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Our trained mental health staff will talk to you about the issues you are having and how we, or one of our partner organisations, may be able to help.

Alternatively, you can fill out a simple referral form and send it back to us. The form asks some questions about you, or the person you are worried about, to help us find out a bit about you and the difficulties you are experiencing. Once we receive this information someone will be in touch to discuss how we may be able to help you.

Because there are lots of people who need our help you may have to wait a short time before you are offered an appointment. We try to see people within four weeks of receiving the referral. How long you have to wait will depend on how many people we’re seeing in your area.

If we can help you, we will contact you and ask you to come to see us at one of our clinics for what we call a choice appointment. If you would prefer to see us somewhere else, like at school, doctor’s surgery, or location that’s easy for you to get to, we can arrange this.

Choice appointments

The first meeting is called a choice appointment. During this appointment we will ask you questions about what is happening in your life and how you are feeling.

Some questions are to make sure you are safe whilst others will be about your specific difficulties. Choice appointments are a ‘two-way discussion’, which means it is not just about us asking you questions but also a chance for you to ask us things and talk about your worries.

  • Your appointment will last between 45 minutes and one hour.
  • It will include you, people who work for us and members of your family or carers. If you would like to bring anyone else, you can.
  • You might find it useful to write things down about how you feel and what you'd like to know before your appointment, so you don't forget anything.
  • At the end of your choice appointment you should feel you have enough information to choose what help you would like from us. Don't worry if you don't feel ready, we can decide based on what you've told us and then when you feel ready to make any changes to the plan, you can.
  • If we agree that we are not the best people to help you, we will discuss the other options available to you. This could be a local youth service, counselling organisation, or group.

Partnership appointments

If we can help you further, you will be offered partnership appointments where we will work together to help you feel better over a period of time.

We typically help people over an average of seven to eight meetings. You may be seen for fewer or more appointments. Sometimes people are also offered medication to help them feel better.

Spending time at one of our hospitals

Some people experience such a level of distress that they need to spend some time being closely supported by specially trained workers away from their home. This is often at a hospital built just for children and young people where you can stay overnight while you get better.

Information discussed within sessions is treated as confidential. However, if we are concerned about the safety of a child or young person, we will share this information with other professionals as part of the Child Protection and Safeguarding policy. If this is the case, we will always try to inform those involved of what we are doing.

Where can you find us?

Advertiser House

Advertiser House
24-32 London Street
SP10 2PE

Aldershot Centre for Health

Aldershot Centre for Health
Hospital Hill
GU11 1AY

Ashurst Child and Family Centre

Lyndhurst Road
SO40 7AR

Avalon House

NHS Avalon House
Chesil St
SO23 0HU


Bramblys Drive
RG21 8UN

Oak Park

Oak Park Children's Services 
8 Lavant Drive

Osborn Centre

Osborn Centre
Osborn Road
PO16 7ES

Bridge House

Bridge House
Barrington Road
West Sussex
BN12 4SE