It's important to tackle mental health issues in early life and help children move on to positive and fulfilled lives.


In a mental health emergency you can contact your local CAMHS crisis and liaison team using the freephone telephone number below:

  • Freephone: 0800 0516 171
  • Opening hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

In North Yorkshire we have strong partnership arrangements which work to deliver the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families.

Agencies need to work together to ensure all children and young people enjoy good mental health and emotional wellbeing, including those who are most vulnerable in society such as children looked after by the local authority and those with SEND needs.

Children and young people who experience behaviour, emotional or social difficulties at school or related to schooling can access different types of support such as our educational psychology service, or our educational social workers. You can find out more about these types of support here.

If your child is being bullied you can find bullying resources here.

Our children and families section gives more information including about children's centres which provide support and activities from birth until age 19.

Talk to your child's GP if you have a concern. There are also various other sources of help and support you can access either through school referral, or directly.


Access to CAMHS is usually through your GP. For all routine referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Harrogate & Rural District, Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Hambleton & Richmondshire) please contact CAMHS on 0300 0134778 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) for advice and a referral form.

Compass REACH

Compass REACH is for children and young people aged 9 to 19 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities) who reside in North Yorkshire.

Compass REACH have a screening tool to help people identify if the service is best placed to support the child/young person but are the specialist provider for drug and alcohol issues and therefore work with young people assessed as having moderate or high levels of need.

In relation to emotional wellbeing and mental health Compass REACH provide support at an early help and prevention level and therefore work with children/young people who are assessed as having mild to moderate needs.

Find out more about Compass REACH

Compass BUZZ

Highly skilled Wellbeing Workers deliver a free rolling programme of tiered training to local schools and other key professionals, promoting a range of early help and prevention strategies as part of a wider integrated multi-agency approach.

Compass BUZZ Wellbeing Workers also provide a telephone consultation service to school staff offering advice, guidance and signposting in relation to the low-level mental health needs of pupils and students.

Compass BUZZ also a confidential text messaging service for young people aged 11 to 18 called ‘BUZZ US’.

Find out more about Compass BUZZ

Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds is a UK Research & Innovation research network that aims to facilitate cross-sector and cross-disciplinary research that has the potential to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people.

Find out more about Emerging Minds

Youth in Mind- Craven & Bradford

Providing a helping hand towards wellness.

Youth in Mind- Craven & Bradford are a partnership of services supporting 11-19 year old's in Bradford District and Craven who are struggling with their social, emotional or mental wellbeing.

For young people with special educational needs and disabilities they accept referrals up to the age of 25.

Find out more about Youth in Mind - Craven and Bradford

Young Minds

Young Minds provide young people with tools to look after their mental health. They empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives. And they give young people the space and confidence to get their voices heard and change the world we live in.

Find out more about Young Minds


Kooth is a digital mental health support platform. Kooth is only available to residents in the Craven area.

Find out more about Kooth

The Go-To for healthy minds in North Yorkshire

The Go-To is a platform for young people as well as their parents and carers.

Find out more about The Go-To