Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS is an Ayrshire-wide referral service.

Referrals can be made by:

  • Your teacher or another education professional

  • Your doctor

  • Another health and social care professional

Who can be referred to CAMHS?

The service is for children, young people and their families. We can help any young person, up to their 18th birthday, who may be experiencing difficulties ranging from emotional or behavioural problems to persistent mental ill-health issues. These issues may have a significant impact on everyday life or they may cause serious harm either to the young person or someone else.

CAMHS will support:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Bipolar affective disorder

  • Depression

  • Neuro-developmental and tic disorders (when presenting with other mental ill-health issues)

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Eating disorders

  • Post traumatic stress disorder

  • Psychosis

  • Recurrent self harm

What happens next?

After referral, we will work with you, your family and carers to assess your needs and wishes. We will use this information to create your support plan. The plan will help us to support you towards goals and promote your recovery. You may then receive support from a service arranged by us.

It is important you get the most out of your time at CAMHS. If you don’t understand anything we have said to you or your parent/carer, please ask and we will explain to you in a different way.

For Carers

If you care for someone with mental ill-health you can complete an Adult Carer Support Plan or a Young Carers Statement. These give you the opportunity to identify your needs and any support you may require, to continue providing care.

Advocacy services

The support of an independent advocate can help you to express your opinions or wishes. We can provide information about advocacy services.


  • Hands on Scotland a toolkit of helpful responses to encourage children and young people’s emotional wellbeing
  • Young Minds charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people

Contact us

To find out how we can help, please call:

  • CAMHS North Ayrshire, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Horseshoe Building, Ayrshire Central Hospital, Kilwinning Road, Irvine, KA12 8SS (01294 323425)
  • CAMHS East Ayrshire (01563 578540)
  • CAMHS South Ayrshire (01292 615931)