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Who we are

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services - also known as CAMHS - support children and young people up to age 18 with their emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

When we talk about your mental health, we mean how you feel and how you cope with the things going on in your life. This could be connected to anything from school, your friends or even your family life. If you feel you aren’t coping too well with the ups and downs of life, it may be that you need some support to help you manage them better.

If you do need help, CAMHS will work together with you and your family to decide what support you need to have good mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to help young people get the support they need to tackle any problems early on before they get worse, and to act quickly if they do.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Halton Borough Council, local schools, school nurses, social services and other local organisations all work closely together to provide CAMHS services across Halton, to make sure you can access the right support, in the right place and at the right time.  

How to access our service

If you have any questions you can call CAMHS directly on 01928 568 162. Your parents or carers can also call us too if they’d like to speak to someone. 

If you need support outside these hours, you can contact the CAMHS Response Team every day until 9pm, on 01744 627 618. If you need immediate medical attention, you should visit your local A&E department.

We also accept referrals from other health professionals who may be working with you, such as your GP, health visitor, school nurse or social worker. If you are a health professional and would like to make a referral for one of your patients, visit the health professionals section of our website to download the referral form.

Practical information

Our Halton CAMHS Community Team is based at Thorn Road Clinic in Runcorn. Thorn Road Clinic has free parking for staff and visitors.