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Mental Health

In this section we share helpful stories and information about mental health, and where to find help and support.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children and young people up to the age of 18 experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems.  The service is available via the following links:

Visiting CAMHS

Here are links to 2 videos by Claire Scott, a CAMHS practitioner in the Luton team about anxiety- one aimed at young people and one at parents/carers.

Children's Workshop

Parents Workshop

For the waiting times for CAHMS ASC services please click on this link: CAMHS ASC waiting times

Here are a few other short video's that you may find helpful.

  • Leo's tour of Dunstable CAMHS - he discusses what to expect when coming to the clinic for an appointment and shows you around the clinic.
  • Louise talks about her role as a clinical psychologist and working at CAMHS.
  • Jay's story- a CAMHS service user discussing his gender identity

Service User Molly Lewis has written an article about mental health - click on the link to read Molly's Mental Health Article

Where else can I go for support and other services available to families

Parents Helpline Poster

  • Young Minds has a parent helpline.  You can call the Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines.  Click on the poster to view and download a copy.  There is also a section on their website for parents/carers:

  • Anna Freud - the Anna Freud Centre has some amazing resources on their website
  • Yvonne Newbold training -  information to support children with additional needs, their families and the staff who support them.
  • ChatHealth - ChatHealth is an easy, confidential and anonymous way for young people aged 11 -19 to ask questions about your health.  Text us on:  
  • Parentline - Parentline is a secure and confidential text service for parents and carers of those aged 0-19.  Text us on:  

  • Reflect
  • SamaritansCall 116 123 or email:
    Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Childline:  call 0800 1111 
    Info and advice for young people

The following two links of are for resources that reflect a truly multi agency approach to supporting emotional well being of children & young people of Bedfordshire.

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