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Early help for children, young people and families

Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Mental health isn’t as scary as it sounds. In the same way we can get physically sick with a cold or the flu, sometimes we get mentally unwell too.

Children/young people and families

The thought of coming to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service may be scary for you. This is normal, but before you even visit we will be in contact with you to explain who we are and how we think we will be able to help.

More information about the service and how we help is available from the Turn your frown upsidedown website, including stories from other children and young people we have supported.

Referral criteria

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has referral criteria. These criteria highlight when a child or young person may appropriately be seen by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Most children and young people do not need to access a mental health service to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health. However, there are times when children and young people may need the additional support of a specialist mental health service. At these times CAMHS will be there to provide support and offer advice and guidance.

You do not need to go to your Doctor to make a referral to the service.  Referrals can be made by anyone, including the child or young person, parent or carer. We do however ask that you have the relevant permissions before making a referral.  



In addition to the referral criteria, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has developed some guidance for professionals, to help them when they are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person.

The referral guidance provides information

  • on common concerns, including behavioural difficulties, bereavement, eating disorders and self-harm.

  • on helpful resources and local services which may be able to help.

The guidance has been developed by local clinicians within Hampshire. There is a different set of guidance for each area.


Consultation line for professionals

In addition to the referral guidance, if you are concerned about the mental health of a child or young person, or you wish to discuss general issues in relation to children’s mental health, you can contact the professionals’ consultation line.

The consultation line is available daily and you will be able to speak to a suitably qualified clinician about your concerns.  They will be able to offer advice and guidance.


Contacting the Service (including making a referral)

  • Aldershot

    Specialist CAMHS
    3rd Floor
    Aldershot Centre For Health
    Hospital Hill
    GU11 1AY

    01252 335600

  • Andover

    Specialist CAMHS
    Andover Health Centre
    Charlton Road
    SP10 3LD

    01264 835356

  • Basingstoke

    Specialist CAMHS
    Bramblys Drive
    RG21 8UN

    01256 842800

  • New Forest

    Child and Family Health
    The Ashurst Centre
    Lyndhurst Road
    SO40 7AR

    02380 743000

  • Winchester

    Specialist CAMHS
    Avalon House
    SO23 0HU

    01962 831044

  • Eastleigh

    Specialist CAMHS
    The Bridge Centre
    2c Newtown Road
    SO50 9DB

    02380 673984

  • Fareham

    Child and Family Therapy
    2nd Floor
    Osborn Clinic
    Osborn Road
    PO16 7ES

    01329 822220

  • Havant

    Specialist CAMHS
    The Old Gymnasium Building
    Fort Southwick
    James Callaghan Drive
    PO17 6AR

    02392 224560



Useful links


If you would like further information please contact:

Hampshire Specialist CAMHS
Single Point of Access

Telephone: 0300 304 0050

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