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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Becton Centre

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) treats children and young people with a range of difficulties that are seriously impacting on their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Patients can be seen and helped in a number of ways from consultations through to staying at our state-of-the-art inpatient facilities. We also have a 24 hour, seven-day-a-week psychiatric on-call service.

Find out how to refer to our CAMHS services.

SCFT/Rethink have published a freephone telephone number (0808 8010612). The helpline is running as a partnership between SCFT and Rethink Mental Illness. The mission of the Sheffield 24/7 under 18s helpline is to provide emotional support, advice and signposting for the children and young people of Sheffield. This service is run 365 days a year, including Christmas and bank holidays.

This helpline is funded to support children and young people living in Sheffield, and/or registered with GPs in this area. It covers all ages up to 18.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Appropriate for support:

  • Children and young people up to 18
  • Key issue is general emotional wellbeing
  • Willingness to talk over the phone
  • Keen to receive support and information on various services in the city that could support their needs

The phoneline is NOT available for young people needing the following:

  • To receive help in a crisis or emergency situation
  • Medical advice on mental health support
  • Medical prescriptions
  • To speak with their designated worker at CAMHS
  • To make a complaint about mental health services

CAMHS teams

We have several teams of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in CAMHS who you may meet during your visit.

Our teams offer a range of different services:

  • The Becton Centre for Children and Young People is a state-of-the-art centre for children and young adults aged up to 18 with serious and complex mental health issues. The centre offers inpatient services in three lodges: Emerald Lodge (ages 8-13), and Sapphire Lodge (ages 13-18). Ruby Lodge (for young people with learning disabilities ages 8-18).
  • Our Community CAMHS Teams have two bases at different locations in the city to make it easier for people to see them: Beighton Community CAMHS at the Becton Centre and Centenary Community CAMHS in Upperthorpe. Amber Lodge, an intensive outreach treatment and day unit also offers support for young people aged 5-11years for young people in the community.
  • The Child and Adolescent Learning Disability and Mental Health Team sees a particular group of children and young people with moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities and who may be experiencing a range of emotional and/or mental health difficulties in the community.
  • Vulnerable Children’s Team which includes MAPS, Forensic CAMHS and workers who work into.


Our CAMHS teams are composed of mental health professionals in a wide range of roles which helps us ensure that we can give patients the most appropriate treatment and support.

Psychiatrists are doctors who have had special training in how to work with people who are having problems with how they think, feel or behave. They are experienced in deciding if a person needs medicine to help them.
Clinical Psychologists are trained to understand how people think, learn and behave. In CAMHS, they use their knowledge of how children develop to help them tackle problems with how they feel, what they think and what they do.
Mental Health Nurses
Our Mental Health Nurses are specially trained to work with children and young people with mental health problems. They are experienced at working with individuals and with parents.
Art Therapists
Art Therapists use art materials to support children and young people to think and talk about their problems. They usually work individually with them but occasionally work with families and groups of young people.
Family Therapists
Family Therapists tend to work with whole families but will also work with individuals or different combinations of family members. They help to tackle problems by helping people to look at their relationships and explore the way they live their lives together.
Psychotherapists work individually with children and young people to help them understand why they feel the way they do and why they do the things they do.
Allied Health Professionals
We have a variety of workers in our team who are trained in other professions, such as Occupational Therapy, dietetics, Drama therapy and Social Work. They are experienced at working with children and young people with mental health problems and their families. They use a range of different methods.
Primary Mental Health Workers
Primary Mental Health Workers spend some of their time in the local MAST (Multi-Agency Support Teams) teams providing advice and consultation to other professionals and liaising between CAMHS and other services.
One of the jobs of our team is to train people who are learning one of the professions and our trainees are often involved in the care of children and young people who come to our service.

Epic Friends

The Sheffield CAMHS team developed the Epic Friends website to help young people who think their friends may have mental health problems.

The site offers advice on a range of issues including bullying, depression, anxiety, family problems, self-harm and eating disorders. It also offers guidance on when to seek help and where to go for further support.

Epic Friends was funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity.

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