Children and young people's mental health

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 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) crisis and liaison team 24 hours a day, seven days a week on NHS 111 and select the mental health option. If you are deaf or have hearing loss use NHS 111 SignVideo or the 18001 111 Relay UK app.

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 special educational needs and disabilities 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.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - CAMHS

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 and Richmondshire) please contact CAMHS on 0300 013 4778 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) for advice and a referral form.


To talk about anything, you can call anytime or get in touch online where you can chat confidentially. Contact details are available on the Childline webpage.

Compass Phoenix

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

They 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 provides 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 on the Compass Phoenix website.

Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds is a UK Research and 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 on the Emerging Minds website.

Youth in Mind - Craven and 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 on the Youth in Mind - Craven and Bradford website.

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 on the Young Minds website.


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

Find out more on the Kooth website.

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 on the Go-To website.