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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS)

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help young people who are experiencing mental health needs.

These services are provided in a range of community locations across five London Boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth, as well as in our Inpatient wards (Aquarius, Wisteria and Corner House) based at Springfield Hospital.


We provide specialist NHS Mental Health services for Children, Young People, Parents and Carers

CAMHS can help with a range of difficulties and needs, including: 

  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessions or Compulsions
  • Diagnosis of Neurodevelopmental Conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition (ASD/ASC)
  • Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following exposure to traumatic events

CAMHS can also diagnose and treat serious mental health problems such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
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What can you expect at CAMHS?

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) help Children and Young People who are experiencing mental health issues. Our services can be found in  our services can be found in schools, local community clinics or at our main site at Spring University Hospital.

When you come to your first CAMHS appointment you may feel nervous about meeting new people and talking about any difficulties and it's common for people to feel this way at their first appointment.  We will do our best to make you feel comfortable, to move at a pace that suits you and to answer any questions you may have.

During your first appointment we may ask you about your family history and background, how long you have had been having difficulties, as well as information about your strengths and the things you enjoy. We may ask you to fill in some questionnaires. The information you provide will help us to think about which service will be best placed to meet your needs.

Most young people find that talking and trying out different solutions to their problems helps them. Some young people also need medication. Coming to CAMHS does not mean you're 'mental', 'strange' or different'. In fact, 1 in 10 young people has a diagnosable mental health disorder and 1 in 4 people overall in the UK struggles with poor mental health.

What is CAMHS?

CAMHS is the name for the services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health needs.

CAMHS support covers a wide range of conditions and needs.

CAMHS is a safe place where we can work together to try and understand what it is happening with you, and how to help you to be make the most of your adolescence.

All CAMHS clinicians have had specialist training in assessment, formulation and intervention that mean they can work with Children, Young People and their families who present with mental health difficulties.

We work as a team and with you we can work out the best way to help you to feel better.

Who works at CAMHS?

In our community CAMHS services we have Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Systemic Family Therapists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Many of our clinical staff have additional training in therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Across our school services we have Psychologists, Education or Child Wellbeing Practitioners and some Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.

Across our inpatient units we have CAMHS clinicians such as Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Family Therapists as well as Dieticians and Allied Health Professionals such as Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.


Want to join one of our CAMHS teams? View our vacancies across the Trust and get in touch if you would like to discuss a vacancy within our services and what the Trust can offer you! Vacancies (



Clinical Director

Dr Diana Cassell - Clinical Director Child and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and All Age Eating Disorders (ED)

Head of CAMHS Psychology and Psychotherapies

Dr Rachel Tucker - Head of Psychology & Psychotherapy - Child and Adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and All Age Eating Disorders (ED)

Images created by young people using the CAMHS services

Duty / Crisis line for Young People and Families

Mon Fri: 5pm 10pm Weekends: 9am 9pm

SLP CAMHS Crisis Line

Telephone: 0203 228 5980

Monday to Friday 5pm-10pm. Saturday to Sunday 9am to 10pm. For all other times please contact the Oxleas Urgent Advice line on 0800 330 8590.

SWLSTG Mental Health Support

Telephone: 0800 028 8000

If you live in any of the five of our London boroughs: Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and you need mental health support in a crisis you can call our 24/7


If you need urgent/ life threatening medical attention' call 999 or attend your local A&E



Local borough CAMHS/SPA for Young People and Professionals

All local borough CAMHS/ SPA for all Young People and Professionals lines are open:

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm (Excluding Bank Holidays)

Sutton SPA/T3

Telephone: 0203 513 3800

Jubilee Health Centre
East 6 Stanley Park Road

Merton SPA/T3

Telephone: 0800 292 2505

Birches House
Birches Close
Cricket Green

Wandsworth SPA/T3

Telephone: 0203 513 5000
Trinity Building,Springfield University Hospital
15 Springfield Drive
SW17 0WF


Richmond & Kingston SPA/T3

Telephone: 0208 547 6171

We offer treatment and assessment via face to face, online consultation and telephone (or a combination of these).

All visitors to must comply with handwashing, social distancing and infection control instructions to protect other visitors, patients and staff.

  • Visiting is allowed in some wards
  • Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 must not visit
  • Visits must be booked in advance with the ward
  • Please confirm a negative lateral flow test on the day of visiting
  • Please help us to keep everyone safe

Link to Covid-19 information

Link to our visiting poster

Access to lateral flow test devices: Members of the public can access lateral flow devices from the website