Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Service
Leeds CAMHS accept referrals for children and young people (up until their 18th birthday) who have a mental health problem which fulfils one or more of the following criteria:
Has been persistent for six months or more (less for under 5’s)
When targeted emotional health services (based within other agencies) have not resolved the problem and a specialist CAMHS input is required
Where mental health issues have a major impact on activities of daily life over an extended period
Where the problem is more serious than a “normal reaction” to an “everyday adverse life event”
Where there is a high risk/ severity (e.g. serious self-harm/attempted suicide, low weight for height, psychosis)
We additionally treat:
An eating disorder (as set out in the CEDS National Guidance)
A psychotic illness (in consultation with Aspire)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Moderate/severe emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive patterns of behaviour an emerging borderline personality disorder
We also carry out assessments of children and young people who:
May have ASC (Autistic Spectrum Conditions)
Are at risk of suicide or are repeatedly self-harming who have been admitted to, or attend, hospital following self-harm who present in mental health crisis
Making a Referral:
Referrals into CAMHS should be made via the Leeds MindMate Single Point of Access (SPA). This includes urgent referrals, referrals for children and young people who need support with mental health needs and referrals for children and young people identified as needing an assessment for ASC or ADHD.
Leeds MindMate SPA will work with all services available locally to find the right support for the child / young person. It is for all children and young people who have a Leeds GP, up to the age of 18. Decisions about which is the most appropriate service for a particular child or young person will be made by the SPA once the referral is received.
As from October 1st 2018, young people (13-17 years) or parents and carers of children (5-17 years) can now talk directly to the SPA team.* They can call
There will also be an online option coming soon – please watch this space.
What Happens in Emergency Situations?
Where an immediate response is needed, for example if a young person has taken an overdose or where there is serious self-harm they should continue to be directed to the Hospital Emergency Department (A&E). Under 16's need to attend the LGI.
More about Leeds CAMHS
Our website has lots of information about our service including information about our current waiting lists for first appointments in the "About Leeds CAMHS" section.
CAMHS has been designing and delivering mental health training to staff and volunteers from within universal services for over ten years. All our trainers are skilled child and adolescent mental health clinicians delivering on their specific areas of professional expertise. The combination of therapeutic skills, theoretical knowledge and practical experience they bring offers a unique learner experience with a clear focus on application to practice.
Page reviewed and updated 02.01.2019 (Next review due January 2021)