Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

A Young Person’s Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland.

This booklet is designed for anyone who wants to know more about what to expect from community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). It aims to give information about what a young person or parent can expect, provides some background information to the service and tries to answer some of the questions you might have.

The Western Trust provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to the five district council areas in the Western area: Derry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh. The total population is 292,982 of whom 78,589 approximately are under 18 years of age. Within the Trust, there are currently two locality teams.

CAMHS provide a service to Children & Young People up to the age of 18 years. The Trust has three teams, one in the Northern Sector, based in Londonderry and two in the Southern Sector. The Southern Sector CAMHS provide clinics in the Omagh base, Rivendell and in the Erne Health Centre, Enniskillen.

The multidisciplinary teams are made up of Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Worker and Clinical Nurse Specialists. The service works closely with agencies statutory and voluntary agencies.

The CAMHS team have developed information for young people to explain what to expect if they are using the services and to asnwer some questions they may have:

Click here to open the CAMHS Rivendell guide

Click here to open the CAMHS Woodlea guide

The purpose of this Integrated Care Pathway is to tell multi-disciplinary and multi-agency care providers of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), children and young people and their parents/carers what should be expected at any point along the journey of care in CAMHS.  The ‘Welcome to CAMHS' leaflet is a shorter version that may be more easily understood.

Think About These is a resource for young people and their parents to support them in preparation for their CAMHS Appointment.  It provides practical healthy lifestyle tips, ways to manage your emotions and useful websites and apps.

The Regional Care Pathway for the Treatment of Eating Disorders outlines what people can expect if they are referred for treatment and provides a summary of clinical advice derived from evidence based practice.  It also includes information to assist people with self-care and accessing other supports before during and after treatment.

Specialist CAMHS services are part of a wider network of service provision to support children and young people who have emotional, behaviour and mental health difficulties. Click here to read guidance which aims to support the standardization of referral criteria for Specialist CAMHS services across Northern Ireland.


Team contact details:

Woodlea House

Gransha Park


BT47 6TF

tel:028 7186 5238


Upper Floor, Erne Health Centre

Erne Road


BT74 6NN

tel: 028 66344115


Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital


BT19 0NS

tel: 028 8283 5990