NHS Borders Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

We are a team of specially trained workers whose job it is to improve the mental health of children and young people by helping them with the things that make them worried, upset or angry.

We have Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Paediatricians, Psychotherapist, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and other Clinicians working in our Team.

Sometimes we have students or trainees attached to us either working in the team or visiting our Service. We work closely with lots of other people in the community to help you. This includes GP’s, School Nurses, Health Visitors, Teachers and Social Work amongst others.

Referral Criteria & Process

Any professional working with children and young people can refer to CAMHS. Professionals from a non-health background should consider liaising with the CAMHS PMHW or discussing with the team around the child prior to referral. Referrals should be made to CAMHS where: • a child/young person has or is suspected to have a mental disorder or other condition that results in persistent symptoms of psychological distress. and • the child/young person is experiencing serious or persistent impairment to their day to day functioning. and/or • There is associated risk that the child/young person may cause serious harm to themselves or to others


The CAMHS teams provide specialist assessment and a range of evidence-based, therapeutic interventions to individuals, groups, families/carers and wider support networks depending on the presenting need.

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Last Updated: 10/04/2018

The Andrew Lang Unit
Viewfield Lane

Age Groups: (0-15) (16-18)

5 - 18 years old

Fees: No
Types of Service:
National Health Service