Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (or CAMHS) is a service that works with children and young people (and their families) up to the age of 16 when they have problems which have a serious effect on their daily life – this can include things like anxiety, depression, eating difficulties and coping with traumatic experiences.


  • Initial assessment (called a Choice appointment) to talk about issues and problems
  • If it is agreed that CAMHS can help then a follow-up appointment (called a Partnership appointment) is arranged to talk about the issues and problems in more depth
  • Support and therapeutic interventions are then provided by a team of specialists; this may include Child Psychiatrists, Child Psychologists, Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, Specialist Nurses, Family Therapists, Learning Disability Nurses and Mental Health Practitioners.

How to Access

Referrals can be made into CAMHS by a health professional, Social Worker or school.

All routine referrals are dealt with by CYPMHS St Helens, Tel: 01925 579 405, Email routine referrals to: [email protected]
or [email protected]

All Emergency referrals are dealt with by the Response Team, Tel: 01744 627618.

Type of Organisation

Statutory (North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).


CYPMHS- St Helens, Birch Unit, Peasley Cross Hospital, Marshalls Cross Road, St Helens, WA9 3DA.

Response Team- Harry Blackman House, Peasley Cross Hospital, Marshalls Cross Road, St Helens, WA9 3DA