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Information for GPs

It can be hard to know what options are out there for your patients to support their emotional and mental health and wellbeing. We’ve made it easy for you by putting all this information in one place. Below you can find information based on locality and service type.

Information Leaflets

To download a guide on what children and young people services are available for emotional and mental well being in your area, select your locality below:


Hambleton and Richmonshire

Harrogate and Ripon

Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale

Selby and Easingwold

Support available in North Yorkshire

Call a counsellor

Childline provide a confidential helpline where young people can talk to counsellors about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call Childline free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. It’s confidential and free.


BUZZ US is a text messaging service for young people aged 11-18 experiencing mental health and wellbeing difficulties.

You can text BUZZ US on 07520 631168 about any mental health or wellbeing concerns such as  bullying, anxiety, self esteem, eating problems, low mood or stress. You will receive support from a Wellbeing Worker within 1 working day.

Support from school or college

There is lots of support available within schools and colleges. From school based counsellors to school nurses and Compass BUZZ.

To find out more visit the  Help from your school or college page.

The Healthy Child Team

The Healthy Child Team is a service for 5-19 year olds experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, providing short term 1:1 support.

The 5-19 Healthy Child Team comprises specialist community public health nurses, healthy child practitioners, assistant practitioners, screening technicians and administrators. They have a named nurse linked to each GP practice in the localities in which they work.

For more information on the service visit the website or call 01609 780780 between the hours of 8am-5.30pm, Monday-Friday.

Compass Phoenix

Compass Phoenix is a free, confidential health and wellbeing service for children and young people between the ages of 5-19. It offers high-quality interventions to children and young people who need support with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties, providing evidence-based psychosocial interventions on a one-to-one or group work basis.

You can speak to someone from Compass Phoenix by ringing them on 01904 661916 or on their Freephone number 0800 008 7452.

Specialist CAMHS

Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a specialist service for children and young people up to the age of 18 experiencing mental health issues that are significantly affecting their daily lives.

If you live in the Craven area of North Yorkshire, the CAMHS service is provided by Bradford District Care Trust (BDCT).

If you live anywhere else in North Yorkshire, the CAMHS service is provided by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV).

You can find more information about how to access the service on the page About CAMHS

Sleep Support Scheme

The Sleep Charity has been commissioned to provide a pilot sleep support service for children and young people in North Yorkshire. 

The sleep service includes providing online one-to-one sleep clinics and developing sleep plans with parents/carers to help address sleep issues and establish a regular night-time sleep pattern. All families will have follow-up support and where needed, will be referred to primary and secondary care for any medical investigations.

The Sleep Charity will provide appropriate sleep advice and support for parents/carers of disabled and non-disabled children aged 12 months to 18 years of age. Those with a Special Education Need or Disability and/or Education Health Care Plan will have access to the service up to their 25th birthday.

Families can self-refer or speak to their GP.

Referrals can be accepted from GP Practices for children age 12 months upwards, by telephoning Claire on 07568 052300.

Families can self-refer by telephone or text to Claire on 07568 052300 or by email to [email protected]

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Single Point of Access for Mental Health Crisis Services

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust single point of access telephone number: 0800 0516171

This is an all age, single point of access telephone number available 24/7 for those in a mental health emergency living in County Durham and Darlington, Teesside and most of North Yorkshire.

Also take a look at our Urgent Help page for more information.

Private support

You may choose to seek support through the private or voluntary sector but it can be hard to know where to start.

The charity Mind have produced a leaflet on talking therapy and counselling.

Young Minds also provide some information on counselling services for children and young people.

New Online Eating Disorder learning

To support GPs and primary clinicians in understanding and supporting people of all ages with an eating disorder, HEE has worked in partnership with experts by experience, NHS England and the charity Beat to launch two short 30-40 minute online eating disorder learning sessions

To find out more, visit the eating disorders elearning programme webpage.

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