CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. CAMHS is a team of people from different professional backgrounds who have training and skills in working with children, young people and families. CAMHS teams can support young people who are experiencing difficulties with behaviour or emotions and their families. They can help if you are finding it difficult to cope with family life, school or life in general. In some areas the CAMHS service stops at 16 and you will then be referred to adult services but in other areas, CAMHS continues until you are 18.


IPAT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies. It provides access to talking therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) for people with depression and anxiety disorders. IAPT helps individuals to manage and recover from mild to moderate anxiety and depression and understand and change unhelpful actions and patterns of thinking.

In some areas it is possible to refer yourself to IAPT.

If you live in the Ashton, Wigan, Leigh and Knowsley area:

If you live in the St Helens or Lancashire area:

If you live in the Warrington area:

If you live in Salford:


EDIT stands for Early Detection and Intervention Team. It is a specialist psychological therapy service that works with young people aged 14 -35 years who are experiencing distress and symptoms such as hearing or seeing things that others cannot, feeling paranoid or suspicious of people or certain situations or unusually high or low moods.

If you live in Wigan, Leigh, Ashton or Salford you can refer yourself to this service or ask a professional to help you with this.