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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.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) can offer the following support to parents, carers, children’s services professionals, and young people with severe mental health disorders:

  • advice on appropriate support
  • diagnosis of mental disorders
  • therapeutic work with young people to treat their complex, severe or persistent mental health difficulties.

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:

  • Phone: 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.

Referrals

To refer a young person who has severe mental health difficulties to CAMHS, read the referral guidance below and complete both CAF forms:

Any professional who is involved in the child’s welfare is able to refer to CAMHS. However, you will need the appropriate consent from the young person, their parents or carers.

In a high risk situation a young person will be offered an appointment within one working day, once CAMHS has accepted the referral. Otherwise, CAMHS will offer an appointment within 4 weeks, which will be the first of up to three meetings.

If after that time the young person needs further support, they may be referred to another specialist in the team or offered further appointments.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our plan outlines how we will improve services for children and young people, strengthening on good work, and highlighting where we will channel the additional investment that we will receive.

The key areas where East Sussex will be investing our transformation funding are:

  • Implementing a dedicated Community Eating Disorders service.
  • Increasing Perinatal Mental health provision across East Sussex.
  • Expanding the primary mental health workforce in the county.
  • Supporting young people who present in crisis and to A&E departments.
  • Strengthening mental health expertise to support vulnerable groups.
  • Reviewing current online and digital resources.

We will publish updates on our plan annually.

Related documents

Related contacts

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

    Hastings/St Leonards on Sea - 01424 758905

    Hailsham/Eastbourne - 01323 446070

    Lewes - 01273 402510

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