Waltham Forest CAMHS

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Waltham Forest: Age 5-11

The Waltham Forest CAMHS service is co-located with integrated childrens' service in Waltham Forest. The integrated service offers support to children and young people from birth up to the age of 18 who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. We work alongside our colleagues to offer support and interventions when needed.

Feeling anxious or depressed

Young Minds

  • For who? 0-19
  • What can they help with? YoungMinds is a charity that aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. The website provides education, information and resources related to mental health specialised for children and young people as well as for their families. YoungMinds offer free telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 2
  • Website: www.youngminds.org.uk


  • For who? All children
  • What they can help with? A counselling service for children and young people
  • Website: www.childline.org.uk
  • Number: 08001111 (24/7)


  • For Who? All children
  • What can they help with?  Help for young people
  • Number: 0808 800 5000 (24/7)
  • Website: www.nspcc.org.uk


  • For Who? Under 18
  • What can they help with?  Place2Be is a children's mental health charity providing in-school support and training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff
  • Website: place2bd.org.uk

The Children’s Society

  • For Who? Under 18
  • What can they help with? Help with Children around the UK who are vulnerable and scared
  • Phone: 08008084994 (24/7)

Family Lives

  • For who? All ages
  • What can they help with? Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life, including difficulties in relationships, divorce/separation, bullying, legal/financial issues, step families etc. In addition to providing a 24/7 helpline, there are also online parenting courses available for parents who wish to learn techniques and gain support in managing challenging behaviour. There is also forum available for parents to share experiences and gain support from other families.
  • Website: familylives.org.uk

The Youth Wellbeing Directory

  • For who? Under 25
  • What can they help with? Directory is a website managed by The Anna Freud Centre to help anyone up to the age of 25 find mental health and emotional wellbeing advice and support more easily
  • Contact: youthwellbeing.co.uk


  • For Who? Under 25
  • What can they help with? Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall) is an online mental health and wellbeing service offering self-help programmes and creative outlets for dealing with everyday stressors and major life events.
  • Website: togetherall.com     


  • For Who? Up to 25years
  • What can they help with? Is a helpline service that is provides emotional supports for a various issues and can also search their database of trusted organisations across the UK for sources of further specialist help. They also provide an enhanced service for parents worried about psychological health and wellbeing.
  • Website: getconnected.org.uk
  • Number: 0808 808 4994 (Open from 11am - 11pm every day)


  • For who? 11-25
  • What can they help with? Free online support service for young people. Online chat. Providing real time help with friendly, qualified counsellors.
  • Contact: www.kooth.com

Rethink Mental Illness

  • For Who? Under 20’s
  • What can they help with?  A charity that offers groups and advise for young people experiencing or affected by mental health problems.
  • Website: www.rethink.org


  • For Who? Teenagers
  • What can they help with?  A charity that offers advice and resources for young people experiencing or affected by mental health problems, including videos, apps and hosting conferences. Stem4 is a teenage mental health charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage.
  • Website: http://www.stem4.org.uk/

The Mix

  • For Who? Under 25
  • What can they help with? Information, support and listening for people under 25 on topics to relationships to school stress and family problems.  It provides free, confidential support via online, social and mobile.
  • Website: themix.org.uk
  • Phone: 0808 808 4994 (open 24hours per day)

Doc Ready

  • For Who? Young People
  • What can they help with? Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health.
  • Website: www.docready.org

Youth Access

  • For Who? 11-25
  • What can they help with?  Get connected with the right support services in your area. Simply give them your postcode and see what free support is available near you!
  • Number: 0208 772 9900 (9-1pm and 2-5pm, Mon-Fri)
  • Website: http://www.youthaccess.org.uk/

Youth Support Services – careers advice and guidance

Zig Zag

  • For Who? 3-11
  • What can they help with? The Zig Zag Children’s Service accepts referrals from health professionals of children aged 3-11 in Waltham Forest with pre- and post-bereavement difficulties.  This would include children with a life-limiting illness themselves or those with a family member with a life-limiting illness as well as those who have been bereaved.
  • Contact: Contact the PSS on 0208 539 5592 or by post at The Margaret Centre, Whipps Cross Hospital, Whipps Cross Road, E11 1NR for further information.
  • Email: margaretcentre@whippsx.nhs.uk

Getting active and feeling healthier

Coping Through Football

  • For Who? 12-17
  • What can they help with? The aim is to use the football experience to get fitter, increase levels of self-esteem and confidence, make new friends and ultimately to help people get their lives back on track. We do not see ourselves as a football project but a social inclusion project that uses football as a tool to engage people who have experienced mental health problems. Most of our players have experienced social exclusion, unemployment, poor physical and mental health and lack a social network or support and Coping Through Football sets out to address these issues.
  • Contact: http://copingthroughfootball.org/

LGBT support

East London Out Project

  • For Who? Under 25
  • What can they help with? Centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities, and their core services include counselling and young people’s services.
  • Website: http://elop.org/

Help with school and finding a job

The Princes Trust  

  • For Who? 11-30
  • What can they help with?  The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.
  • Number: 0800 842 842 (9am – 9pm 7 days per week)
  • Website: https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

Safer London

  • What can they help with?  London charity working to prevent and address gang violence, vulnerability and sexual exploitation. We provide needs led intensive support, early intervention and mentoring through our extensive, pan London services.aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training.
  • Number: 0207 021 0301 (9am – 5pm Mon-Fri)
  • Website: https://saferlondon.org.uk/

Struggling with Eating

EDS: The eating disorder service

Our eating disorder service (EDS) offers specialist assessment and treatment to people aged eight and above (adults, adolescents and children). The service works with individuals and their families to support them in their recovery.

Services provided by the eating disorders service include:

  • psychological treatments delivered on an individual basis, to families and in groups;
  • dietetic input and nutritional support;
  • medical and nursing assessment and intervention


Doctor: Dr Salma Suri
Lead person for queries: Rory Harnett - team manager
Email: nem-tr.eatingdisorder@nhs.net

The Orchards Health Centre,
Gascoigne Road,
IG11 7RS

Tel: 0300 555 1216
Fax: 0300 300 1940
Email: nem-tr.eatingdisorder@nhs.net
(Please ensure patient identifiable information is password protected)

Satellite site (if you are unable to get to Barking)

30 Coleridge Rd 
E17 6QU

BEAT charity


I'm worried I'm putting on too much weight/not losing weight

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is a disorder that causes people to become preoccupied with controlling their weight and shape, and consequently they engage in behaviours that result in severe weight loss. The disorder is  powered by the fear of gaining weight coupled with a relentless pursuit of thinness. People with Anorexia Nervosa are severely underweight. Overall, body shape and weight concerns dominate the individual’s thoughts and the way in which they see themselves; it also affects the way they feel.

The strategies used for weight control vary from individual to individual. Restriction of food intake is the most common strategy used. Other strategies include over-exercising, self-induced vomiting and laxative misuse.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa is similar to Anorexia Nervosa in the way that those suffering from Bulimia Nervosa share the same distorted thoughts concerning body shape and weight.

People suffering with Bulimia Nervosa binge regularly on large amounts of food and then compensate for the food they have eaten. Individuals with Bulimia Nervosa use extreme compensation methods such as self-induced vomiting, laxatives, diuretics and over-exercising to try and prevent weight gain. As a result, life is a constant battle between the desire to lose weight and the overwhelming
compulsion to binge.

I find myself binge eating

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is also characterised by bingeing. Individuals with BED consume large amounts of food whilst feeling out of control and powerless to stop. Individuals with BED tend to eat food even when they are not hungry and continue
eating long after they are full. They may also eat as fast as they can, while barely registering what they are consuming or tasting.

People with Binge Eating Disorder may struggle with feelings of guilt, disgust and depression.

Relationships, drugs, alcohol, eating healthy and much more

NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for young people. Available for free on iOS and Android, NHS Go provides you with:

  • Free, confidential advice.
  • Instant access to find local services.
  • Quizzes and guides around key health issues.
  • Notification on topics and events relevant to you.
  • Information about your rights under the NHS.

Visit https://nhsgo.uk/ to find out more

Need to see one of our CAMHS workers?

You can now self-refer by completing one of our referral forms here