Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
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 works to provide them with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.
Self-referrals are not accepted. Referrals are accepted from your GP, health professional, social worker, teacher or youth worker.
Central Bedfordshire CAMHS (North)
Telephone: 01234 310800 (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Central Bedfordshire CAMHS (South)
Telephone: 01582 707635 (available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
CHUMS mental health and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people
CHUMS offers therapeutic support for children and young people with a variety of mental health and wellbeing needs.
Telephone: 01525 863924
New online counselling and emotional well-being service available for children and young people now
A new online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people has been commissioned by the local NHS and Local Authorities. The service is called Kooth and is provided by XenZone, an online mental health pioneer.
Kooth is available for young people aged 11-19 living in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Children and young people can chat online to professional counsellors, read articles written by young people, join forums to receive peer-to-peer support, access self-help materials and keep a daily journal. Regular forums cover topics ranging from exam stress and anxiety to eating disorders and grief.
Young People can sign up to the free service via their laptop, tablet or smartphone and can access self-help materials, articles and forums linked to emotional wellbeing at www.kooth.com.
MIND for better mental health: Information and support