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Mental Health

Growing up is meant to be one of the very best times in anyone’s life but if can also be tough. There are many pressures and some children and young people are exposed to situations and experiences that can make them particular vulnerable.

Experiencing mental health concerns is not unusual; at least one in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty during our lives. Over half of mental health problems in adult life start by the age of 14 and seventy-five per cent by the age of 18.

Referral guidance for CAMHS in East Sussex:

Local Resources:

Supporting Children in their Mental Health – A guide for East Sussex Schools – March 2018

A guide has been developed for East Sussex schools to encourage and build upon the work good schools already do to help their children and young people maximise their educational and emotional development. The guide takes a resilience- based, whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and addressing individual needs.

CAMHS information flyer

The CAMHS information flyer includes the contact details for members of the Primary Mental Health Worker Team. The Primary Mental Health Worker Team strengthen and support CAMHS provision in relation to the early identification, prevention, and intervention children’s mental health needs at home and school.

CAMHS Directories

Comprehensive CAMHS Directories are written and updated by the East Sussex CAMHS Primary Mental Health Workers within the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. They are designed to offer to practitioners a wide range of information about agencies in East Sussex that support mental health and emotional wellbeing for children, young people and their families.

CAMHS consultation line

If you work with young people and would like advice on supporting a young person with mental health difficulties you can call the CAMHS consultation line on 0778 6110175, Monday to Friday, 12-1pm.

You can:

  • get advice on referring to CAMHS
  • discuss how the young person needs could be best met
  • confidentially discuss existing clients.

Books on prescription list

The books on prescription material has been checked and approved by CAMHS clinicians for use by parents/carers/young people.  The material on this CAMHS Books on prescription list 2015 is available through all local libraries and can be borrowed by anyone who has library membership.  Additionally, if anything from the list is recommended by CAMHS during assessment/intervention, and the family do not have library membership, then the CAMHS clinician can write prescriptions which the library will honour.


Presentations from East Sussex LSCB Mental Health Seminar

East Sussex LSCB – Suicide in Young People – Facts and Myths

East Sussex LSCB – Parental Mental Health – Impact on Safeguarding Children

East Sussex LSCB – Self Harm and harm minimisation


National Resources

—HOPELineUK is a confidential helpline, staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to young people under the age of 35 feeling suicidal. Anyone concerned that a young person they know may be at risk of suicide can call 0800 068 41 41

——Samaritans. Calling the Samaritans is free of charge from a landline or mobile. Their number is 116 123

——Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Young Minds offers free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. You can call them for free on mobiles and landlines using 0808 802 5544.

The Trevor Project provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

NSPCC advice and information about self-harm and how to access support.