Services for Children & Young People

Looking after your mental wellbeing is as vital as looking after your physical health but it can be difficult to know where to start and what types of support and information there are available.
If you are looking at ways and ideas to help you, our section on ‘How to look after your Mental Health’ has information about self help options and information for any age.

Our Directory also includes a section for younger people

You might feel that you want more medical help and to be able to access treatment for your mental health. If so, a good place to start is your GP who will have a range of options to help you including referring to counseling or other support, further ideas for self help such as the books on prescription scheme as well as prescribing medication if you both agreed suitable and referring on to other services. Look at our page on GP’s here.

We have included the main mental health services for children and young people below. You can find further information about these and other services on the Sussex Partnership Website. The statutory Services for young people generally work with children and young adults up to the age of 18. There are some exceptions such as the TAPaS (to age 25) and EIPS (to age 35) - more details on these services below.

NHS Mental Health Services for Children and Young People (CAMHS)

Who is this service for?
CAMHS treat Children and Young people (up to age 18), registered with a Brighton & Hove GP with emotional and mental health difficulties affecting their wellbeing or development.

How are referrals made?
Referrals are usually made by GP’s or other professionals from education and social services although it is possible to self refer.

What does this service provide?
The service is made up of a range of professionals experienced in working with children and young people. They offer specialist assessments and treatment according to the needs of the child or young person. These may include advice and support to parents, Family and individual therapies and psychological assessments / intervention.

Once a child or young person is referred to the service, the initial appointment (called a Choice appointment - a range of dates and times are offered fro the appointment) is arranged to share information and to decide if the team is the best service to meet the needs of the child or young person. If so, it is decided what type of help is likely to be most useful. if not, they can provide information about other services or sources of help.

Teen to Adult Personal Advisors (TAPAs) are based in Youth Hubs across the city at YAC, the Young Peoples Centre and the 67 Centre. They offer advice and support to young people and the staff who work with them. If a young person is likely to need services after the age of 18, TAPAs will work with adult mental health services to make sure a plan is made to ensure continued support.

Young Person's Services (Non-NHS)

Brighton & Hove also has a range of services that will be able to help you depending on the level of help you may be looking for. These range from practical support, counselling services, wellbeing groups to develop resilience and skills through to treatment and specialist mental health services.

A lot of services are run by voluntary organisations, sometimes in partnership with the NHS. Some services are specifically for those seeking support around mental health issues and others might have mental health as just one of the areas they cover. Most of these do not need a referral from a GP and you can contact them yourselves. Some run on a drop in basis. These include:

Youth Advice Centre (YAC) Has drop in sessions to provide young people with impartial advice and information on a wide range of issues.

Young Peoples Centre provides free informal and confidential services for young people aged 13 - 25.

Right Here Brighton & Hove is a participation project led by young people aged 16 - 25 who campaign, raise awareness of mental health issues for young people and build individual resilience through peer support and activity programmes.

No Panic – Youth Helpline is a confidential helpline for those aged between 13 and 20 years old which aims to help young people with anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and the specific anxieties that young people experience.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service is a community based service for young people aged 14 to 35 years, who have had an experience that could be a symptom of psychosis.

Early Intervention means getting help for any problems when they start, before they develop into a more serious illness - the earlier someone gets help, the more quickly support can be put in place to help their recovery. Anyone can refer to the EIP Team in Brighton and Hove. This could be the young person themselves, their family, carer or a concerned acquaintance.

You can find more information for young people in Brighton & Hove around mental and emotional wellbeing and services on the Righthere website.

You can find more information about Mental Health and Children and Young People on the Young Minds website.


The pressures of student life can trigger a number of mental health issues. Coping with the course workload, perhaps living away from home for the first time juggling work or other commitments with studying and coping with finances are just some of the factors that can effect a student's mental health and wellbeing. In addition to the other help detailed on this page, students can find support at their university or college's support services. For example counselling services at Sussex University and Brighton University.

National Mind have produced a booklet, How to Cope with Student Life.

This video shows students at Sussex University talking about mental health.

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