If you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, in the first instance please seek advice from either:
All referrals concerning children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health (including routine referrals) must be directed to SPACE-Wellbeing, the Single Point of Access for Children’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health. SPACE-Wellbeing is pan-Gwent across the boroughs of Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. View more information on SPACE-Wellbeing and self-referral details.
If your referral is accepted for CAMHS, you can expect to hear from us inviting you to opt-in if you wish to receive an appointment with our service. The Welsh Government has set targets for CAMHS to see all children and young people within 28 days of the referral date.
Young people who have been previously known to CAMHS who received a Care and Treatment Plan under the Mental Health (Wales) Measure are able to self-refer to adult mental health services after the age of 18 years; this self-referral route is valid only for a period of three years from the date of discharge from CAMHS. After this period of time, referrals to adult mental health services must be directed via your GP surgery.
The exact reasons why children and young people hurt themselves aren’t always easy to figure out. In fact, they might not know themselves. Often those who self-harm are being bullied, under too much pressure to do well at school, being emotionally abused, grieving or having relationship problems with family or friends. These situations can create low self-esteem and low confidence, loneliness, sadness, anger, numbness, and a sense of lacking of control over their lives.