Mental Health Services for Children & Young People in Brighton & Hove

The services available to children & young people in Brighton & Hove who need help and support with their mental health and emotional wellbeing are changing from 1 June 2017 through the introduction of the Community Wellbeing Service

Children, young people, their families and professionals have said that it has not always been easy to find out about children’s and young people’s mental health services, or to access them when they need to and be seen and treated quickly.

Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has used this feedback to commission, with partners in Public Health and Children Families &Learning Directorate in the Local Authority, a new pathway that ensures people can find out information and seek help early, can refer in to one place and get the right response and level of support as soon as possible.


How to access the Community Wellbeing Service for children and young people and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS)

From 1 June 2017 you can make a referral, including a self-referral, to the single point of access for mental health needs (The only exception to this is Urgent Specialist CAMHS referrals – please see below)

  • All non-urgent routine and priority 5 day referrals will be handled by a central triage hub staffed with clinicians from the partners within the new Community Wellbeing Service (including Here, YMCA Dialogue, Specialist CAMHS, and Lead GP’s).
  • The Triage team will be available Mon-Fri 9am-1pm on 0300 002 0060 or by email at: Parents, carers, children and young people as well as professionals working with them can refer directly to the team or contact them to request a referral form or speak to somebody if they have any queries / require further information before making a referral.
  • The service will contact you if we need further information in order to make the most clinically appropriate decision.
  • On occasion they will also contact the person you are referring, and/or their family if necessary, to ensure a smooth pathway into services.
  • GPs will send referrals via the Electronic Referral System ERS –
    • Assign to the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service and NOT Optum
    • GP Referrals made for people aged 18 & over will require a completed PHQ-9 / GAD-7

For more information on the services provided please read the Community Wellbeing Service Briefing 

Or visit the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service website at for more details and to access self referral forms for young people and adults.

Seeking help, advice and guidance is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton & Hove, including details on self-referral options. Young people can leave a star rating and a review of a service they have visited, and you can also access help and advice pages to find books, podcasts, apps and other handy tools that can help with wellbeing.

There is also a parents and carers page with helpful resources and tools to support yourself and your child around mental health.

Urgent Specialist CAMHS referrals

if the young person is at immediate risk of taking their own life or is showing severe psychotic symptoms please telephone the CAMHS service directly


  • The Duty Clinician on call for CAMHS is available from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 304 0061 (extended hours are being developed). Referrals for those young people presenting with this level of mental health risk and being referred directly to CAMHS. This can be arranged via contacting 0300 304 0061and may require to be seen at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (RACH) the duty clinician at Specialist CAMHS can assist with this
  • The Urgent Help Team are available 5pm-8pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 6pm on weekends and bank holidays accessed by a professional referral.
  • Sussex Partnership’s Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) support children and young people who are affected by specific mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

For more information on the services provided please read the Community Wellbeing Service Briefing