3DHB - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS & ICAFS)
Mental Health & Addictions Service
Sometimes children and young people can benefit from specialised input by mental health professionals. Our service is for children aged from newborn to 18 years old in the Wellington, Porirua, Kāpiti, Wairarapa and Hutt areas.
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Programme Areas
- Programme Type
Non-acute specialist mental health community services
Wellington, Wairarapa, Hutt
- Age Groups
Child / tamariki, Youth / rangatahi
- Referral Types
Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services
A referral can be made by a child or young person, their parents or caregivers, a GP, or the child’s or young person’s school.
For services in Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti all referrals must come through Te Haika - 0800 745 477, our 24/7 mental health and addictions contact centre.
For services in the Hutt Valley area please contact the service directly (see contact details) between 8.30am and 5pm. For referrals outside of these hours please contact Te Haika - 0800 745 477.
For services in the Wairarapa please contact the service directly (see contact details) between 8am and 4.30pm. For referrals outside of these hours please contact Te Haika - 0800 745 477.
Our service can assess whether your child’s problems indicate a moderate to severe mental health issue. If we believe your child does and that we are the best service to help, we will then offer you an appointment with a case manager to follow on from the work done at the first appointment.
We use our expertise and provide space to think together about what has been happening and how your child’s needs can best be met. It may help to remember that getting help is one of the steps towards making things better.
If we believe such mental health issues are not present, we can refer your child to a service that will provide more appropriate help.
Alternatively, we may recommend some activities or exercises that you and your child can carry out at home, which may mean professional help is not required, at least initially.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health services are also provided in Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti by our cultural teams; Health Pasifika and Te Whare Marie Specialist Māori Mental Health Service.
We also work closely with the Early Intervention (in Psychosis) Service.
We have a range of professionals who work as a team and include family therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, psychotherapists, employment and study specialists.
Please note not every service has the same range of professionals. The lists above refers to all of our child and adolescent mental health services, combined.
To find out if you are eligible for healthcare funding, please see the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service website.
We are closed for public holiday days only through the holiday period.
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This page was last updated at 12:20PM on June 30, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by 3DHB - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS & ICAFS).