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

One in ten children between the ages of five and 16 has a mental health problem. Do talk to your child's GP if you have a concern. There are various other sources of help you can access either through school referral, or directly.

Compass Buzz

Compass BUZZ is a free school referral based emotional wellbeing project for children and young people aged five to 18 (up to 25 with SEND). Compass BUZZ wellbeing workers can facilitate one-to-one or group work sessions with pupils alongside a member of school staff. Referrals must include a young person’s informed consent. If you or someone you know needs our help, you can contact us in complete confidence:

Tel: 01609 777662 or freephone: 0800 008 7452. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm Friday. Out of hours appointments can be accommodated on request.

BUZZ US: If you're aged between 11 and 18 and live in North Yorkshire, and you are experiencing issues with eating, stress, low mood, emotions, self harm, bullying, self esteem or anxiety, you can text a wellbeing worker on 07520 631168

Find more information here about Compass BUZZ and BUZZ US.

Compass REACH

Young people aged from nine to 19 (and up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities) across North Yorkshire affected by substance misuse, poor sexual health and issues relating to emotional wellbeing and mental health, can access free help, advice and practical support at Compass REACH. Support usually takes place in school or in a place that suits you.

Tel: 01609 777662; freephone: 0800 008 7452


CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

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 the CAMHS single point of access on 0300 0134778 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) for advice and a referral form. You can also download the referral form here

If the situation is urgent then you can call our locality teams (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) and request to speak with a duty worker: 

Crisis Home Resolution Team

If the situation is a mental health crisis then you can access the CAMHS crisis teams:

  • Harrogate - 01423 726947 (10am to 10pm)
  • Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby - 01723 346502 (10am to 10pm)
  • Hambleton and Richmondshire (covered by Teesside 24 hours) - 0300 013 2000 (option 6)

Many continue to have problems into adulthood. Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. That's why it's important to tackle mental health issues in early life and build on protective factors to help children move on to positive and fulfilled lives.

In North Yorkshire we have strong partnership arrangements which work to deliver the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families. You can find out about our early help offer for emotional and mental health support here.

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.