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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Portsmouth

General Information

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) treats young people up to the age of 18 years where there are concerns about their emotional well-being and mental health. It also works closely with their family, carers and other agencies who support them.

CAMHS staff are health professionals who have had specialist training in child and adolescent mental health. The team includes nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists and primary mental health workers.

We also have a dedicated team for children and young people in care. We also have a specialist learning disability service for children and young people with a moderate or severe learning disability who have challenging behaviour and/ or mental health difficulties ages 5-18 years.

Contact Information

Falcon House
St James’ Hospital
Locksway Road

0300 123 6632

Opening Times

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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Other Information & Downloads

We offer a telephone consultation service for professionals from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

If an out of hours emergency response is needed, the on call clinician can be contacted via St James Hospital Switchboard on: 023 9289 4419.

Books on prescription has been extended to include schools, educational psychology, education welfare and the multi-agency behaviour support team. It has also been updated to include additional topics such as Attachment, Learning Disability, Tourettes’s Syndrome plus a range of helpful website addresses. Please contact us for the booklist and leaflets.


Who do we work with?

CAMHS accepts referrals for children 0-18 years of age. When you turn 18 we will normally support you with a transition to adult services if you still need help.

You must live in Portsmouth city to receive our service (this means being registered with a Portsmouth GP).

Some of the reasons you may be referred include:

  • depression
  • self harm
  • anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • pyschosis
  • eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia
  • autism, ADHD (or other neuro-developmental problems)
  • family difficulties
  • when mental problems cause physical symptoms
  • post traumatic stress disorder. 

How do I get referred?

Most services require a referral from another health professional, social worker or education staff.

The best way to be referred to CAMHS is to talk to one of these professionals who can refer you.
They can either write, speak to or call one of our staff.