Who we are

We are a specialist mental health service for children and young people up to their 18th birthday who are finding it hard to cope with their feelings and other mental health issues. 

In Herefordshire the Service is called CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) and in Gloucestershire it is called CYPS (Children and Young People Service).

We are a specialist emotional wellbeing and specialist mental health service for all children and young people registered with a GP in Gloucestershire or Herefordshire.  

Everyone feels stressed, anxious, down or angry from time to time but sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming and just won’t go away. Usually children and young people referred to us will be experiencing emotional wellbeing problems that significantly affect their ability to cope with normal stresses and demands of life.

Our staff are specially trained and have lots of experience of talking to children and young people, and their parents and carers, about thoughts and feelings.  There are many ways we can help. Everyone who uses our service can talk privately and confidentially.  Most importantly, we are here to offer help and understanding.

If other services or professionals are already providing support, we may think about working in partnership with these staff to ensure the best possible plan of care is achieved.

We work in many different ways with young people, depending on their needs. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, community nurses, and therapists provide specialist support for the young person and their family. This could include any of the following:

Art therapy - using art to help express and understand your feelings.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - a talking therapy that can help manage your problems by helping you to change the way you think and behave.

Family therapy - working with the whole family to help you understand each other better and to generate shared solutions.

Occupational therapy - helping you deal with things you do every day.

Psychiatry – diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.

Psychology -  helping you understand the links between what you’re thinking, what you feel and what you do.

Psychotherapy - helping you understand how important relationships and experiences have influenced your life.

We also work in the community to help promote emotional wellbeing in schools. For example, we support teachers, youth workers and other people working with young people by offering them support and training on identifying mental health needs.

Find out more about the Gloucestershire service here. 

Teens in Crisis: Tic+ is a charity that provides face-to-face and online counselling for young people aged 9-21 and their families in Gloucestershire. Their counsellors are qualified and experienced at working with children and young people who might be struggling with issues such as anxiety, low-mood, relationship difficulties, self-harm, anger, bereavement and abuse. They will listen in confidence without judging you. Counselling with a Tic+ counsellor can take place online or at school or college or a place near to where you live.


The CAMHS LD team supports:

  • Children and young people up to the age of 18 who have mental health difficulties in addition to learning disabilities.
  • Children with a Herefordshire GP.
  • Children with a moderate to severe learning of development disability.

We consist of specialist clinicians offering different types of intervention, tailored to meet the needs of young people and their families. We work closely with schools and multi-agency partners.

We provide assessment, intervention and support with:

  • Behaviour difficulties in the context of mental health.
  • Running groups for parents.
  • Anxiety management work.
  • Helping the network think about behaviour that challenges in the context of mental health.
  • School-based interventions.
  • Sorrow and loss support.