Our children, their mental health

The aim of this guidance is to provide some basic information about mental health and wellbeing in children and young people, to inform decision-making about strategies and programmes to try in school and how and when to make onward referrals, and to provide signposting to more detailed information for those who are interested.

This guidance is designed primarily for the use of staff working within education, although it may be helpful for staff working more widely within children’s services or for third sector organisations who may work closely in conjunction with statutory services.

Our children, their mental health and wellbeing - read the guidance here

Alongside the main document, links to resources relating to mental health have been compiled. These are listed under relevant sub-headings and may be of interest to schools, other professionals, families and to young people themselves. The list will be updated regularly; we would invite any suggestions for additions to our resource list to be sent to linden.hampton@argyll-bute.gov.uk . You will also find available to download the current Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) referral guidance and an up-to-date referral form.

Completed CAMHS referral forms should be emailed to your local CAMHS team, please see the referral form (above) for contact details.


We understand that many families will be facing questions from children that are difficult to answer, or noticing that children are more anxious or worried than normal. We have collated some additional resources to help you to have conversations about Coronavirus with your child, and to direct you to sources of support and information.

If you have concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing relating to self-harm or suicidal ideas or behaviour, please see Argyll and Bute’s inter-agency guidance