We offer a range of specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) focused on supporting young people, male and female, aged between 12 and 18 in Tier 4 Acute, Psychiatric Intensive Care and low secure environments. The aim is to help young people stabilise and return home as soon as possible.

Our services support young people aged up to 18 who are experiencing a variety of acute and complex mental health problems, in a welcoming and nurturing environment.

We can support young people with a range of diagnoses including:

  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm and/or suicidal ideation
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Emerging personality disorder
  • Eating disorder
  • Substance misuse – providing there is a primary diagnosis of a mental health problem
  • Emotional/social and behavioural difficulties
  • Borderline/mild learning disability as a secondary diagnosis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

We can support young people who are either detained under the Mental Health Act or admitted on an informal basis. Young people with a history of offending, who also have a diagnosis of a mental health issue, may also be considered for our services.

Tier 4 General Acute CAMHS

We can offer services for young people aged up to 18 with a range of mental disorders associated with significant impairment and/or significant risk to themselves or others such that their needs cannot be safely and adequately me by community Tier 3 CAMHS or specialist education facility.


Three of our hospitals offer CAMHS PICU services. These services are for young people primarily referred from CAMHS Acute Services who exhibit a high level of risk which cannot be safely managed in a CAMHS General Adolescent Unit.

CAMHS Low Secure

Cygnet Hospital Bury provides a Child and Adolescent service, Buttercup Ward, in a low secure setting. The service can support girls aged between 12 and 18. The service offers a defined treatment pathway from admission, through intervention and discharge.

Education Services

We provide opportunities for young people who are admitted to our co-located Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to access high quality education.