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Children and Young People’s Mental Health


NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, together with our colleagues from Harrogate and Rural District CCG and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, commission a number of services to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Compass BUZZ (School Mental Health and Wellbeing project)

The Compass BUZZ School Mental Health and Wellbeing Project offers confidential information and advice for professionals, parents/carers and children and young people across North Yorkshire in relation to emotional and mental wellbeing.

The project also offers training and consultation to professionals, in particular schools to enable them to take a whole school approach to supporting the mental health of students. There’s more information, here.

Leaflets offering support and guidance, are also available for the following localities:

BUZZ US text service

An innovative text messaging service for young people is available in North Yorkshire thanks to the local CCGs and Compass BUZZ.

Officially named BUZZ US, it’s for young people across North Yorkshire aged 11-18 years to help support any mental health and wellbeing issues.

By texting the service on 07520 631168 they will be able to receive confidential advice, support and signposting from a wellbeing worker within one day via text. 

Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

The specialist CAMHS service is provided by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). The specialist CAMHS service is made up of a group of health professionals (nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, primary mental health workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, child psychotherapists and CAMHS clinicians) who specialise in helping children and young people (aged 0 to 18 years) and their families. They can provide help and support for all kinds of problems that may be making the young person feel worried, stressed or frightened.

The specialist CAMHS service offers:

  • Individual sessions to help the child and family explore worries, anxieties and concerns
  • Assessment for medication
  • Family therapy - an opportunity for the whole family to talk about worries or anxieties together with a group of family therapists
  • Child psychotherapy - a child psychotherapist will work with children and families by listening, observing carefully and thinking a lot, as well as using talking therapy. Together with each person, a child psychotherapist can help make life make sense so that the young person can begin to feel better
  • Group work including observation groups for children of similar ages as part of their assessment process, as well as a parent/carer group that takes the Solihull approach to understanding their child's behaviour. Groups for parents and teachers, to understand self-regulation and strategies for this, also take place.

The service accepts written referrals from either GPs, paediatricians, health visitors, school nurses, social care, adult mental health, community doctors, pupil and parent services, youth offending services (YOS), Insite, pupil services, children's centres and integrated service managers. 

Further information about the CAMHS service can be found on the TEWV Trust website.

You can also find out more about CAMHS from this youtube video:

If you want to know more about our Transformation Plan for children and young people's mental health, click here.

If you would like to get in touch with the Children and Young people’s Commissioning Team, please email

Growing up in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire County Council shared a survery with young people acorss North Yorkshire which was commissioned by the North Yorkshire Children's Trust. The survery aimed to collect reliable information about young people's learning and well-being, the reports are now available for the Scarborough and Ryedale localities:

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