Parents & carers

What does CAMHS stand for?

CAMHS stands for child and adolescent mental health services. We help children and young people aged 0-18 years and their families with emotional and behavioural difficulties when they are finding it hard to cope with family life, school or the wider world.



The work at CAMHS often involves parents and carers. We believe they are integral in gaining an understanding of the difficulties the child is experiencing, as well as helping to think about treatment options and ways forward.

Did you know?

One in 10 children aged five to 16 experiences a mental health problem.

Why we built this website

For many people, there is still uncertainty around mental health issues and problems. The CAMHS team at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust built this website to answer the many questions that children, young people and their parents and carers have about mental health services in the boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, and in Milton Keynes. (If you don’t live in one of those areas, please ask your GP about similar services available near you.) We wanted to provide information and reassurance so that you and your child have a better idea of what to expect if you need to come and see us.

The website is not just a resource for parents; it’s for children and young people too. It contains information for younger children and young people (adolescents or teenagers), as well as this section for parents and carers. Each of these sections contains information about:

  • The kind of mental health issues your child might be experiencing
  • The treatments available at CAMHS
  • The people who work at CAMHS
  • Referrals and getting a first appointment
  • What to expect at your first appointment
  • Tips and advice for good mental health