Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Welcome to CAMHS

We support young people with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.

How can we help?

Our organisations is called Oxford Health, but don’t worry, you’re in the right place.

We provide physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

Look after yourself

Get help now

You can make a referral for yourself or someone you care for in a number of ways, depending on where you live. 

Self-help resources

For young people

These resources consist of explanatory videos, accompanying worksheets and an information booklet that you can downloaded. 

For parents & carers

These resources will help you understand some of the common mental health problems young people experience and what you can do to help.

Get help where you are

Important notice

Last updated 24th November, 2020

We are experiencing some disruption to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as a result of the impact of Coronavirus. Our priority is to minimise this as much as possible and to keep you updated and informed of any changes to service delivery.

If you are currently open to CAMHS or making a referral, please be aware of the following:

1. At present some of the appointments that we offer will be video appointments using Microsoft Teams. We are also able to offer face to face appointments in some circumstances and to help us to decide if we are able to do that we take into account the need and preferences of children, young people and their parent/carers. We are doing our best to be as flexible as possible.

2. You may need to wait longer than normal for your appointment. We will try to keep you updated about this. We are committed to continuing to offer all of our urgent and emergency clinical services.

3. Please follow the latest Public Health Guidelines relating to managing suspected or confirmed symptoms of Covid 19. The latest guidance can be found here:

It is very important that you do not attend your appointment and instead contact us to reschedule if:

  • You have been advised to self-isolate
  • Or if you have experienced any of the symptoms of coronavirus within the last 14 days:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

6. Parents and carers of children/young people already being seen by CAMHS should use phone calls as the main way of communicating with us. Emails can also be used if your clinician has given their email address but please do not use this for any urgent matters.

For new referrals or referral enquiries, please avoid sending us paper referrals or correspondence. We can accept online referrals from professionals or children and young people. We also encourage professionals and parents/carers to phone us with referral queries.

7. Please visit our website for support with coping with Coronavirus:

8. If you have a concern or question, please contact your local CAMHS team:

What we help with

What is mental health?

Mental health is the way we think and feel. We all go through times when we feel worried, confused or down.

Mental health problems are when difficulties get in the way of how we think and feel.

This can mean that we find it hard to cope with family life, relationships, school or the wider world.

Feelings and symptoms

Everyone experiences anxiety or feeling down, but when these problems don’t go away you may need some extra support. 

Mental health conditions include such things as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. 

We can help you deal with these difficulties

What happens at CAMHS?

CAMHS is made up of doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

These people are trained to help children, young people and their families who are experiencing mental health difficulties.  

At CAMHS, we will work together with you to help you find the right kind of support.  


We have lots of useful leaflets and posters about our CAMHS services available for download on our website.

On our Oxon/Bucks CAMHS eating disorder site you will find information for young people, families and professionals, where there is concern that a young person may have an eating disorder.

For the Eating Disorder Service in Bath & NE Somerset, Wiltshire and Swindon, click here.

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Coping with Coronavirus

We have compiled a few helpful resources to support children and young people experiencing worries about coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Watch the video, download the self-help sheet and visit the Young Minds website.

Who we can help

We are committed to providing services that are accessible to everyone. 

Different people have different needs and we will always do whatever we can to make sure that these needs are met.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.