Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Service - Illawarra


What the service is

The Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Service (CAYMHS) exists to promote emotional well-being, and deliver preventative services and treatment to children and young people with mental health problems. The child and adolescent services cater for children and adolescents up to 18 years of age with a diagnosable mental illness, whose condition is seriously detrimental to their growth or development, and/or who have serious difficulties in their social group or family. The Youth Mental Health (YMH) service accepts referrals for 14 to 24 year olds who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis / mental illness, or with early psychosis (within 2 years of onset of first mental illness episode).

What we do

CAYMHS provides a specialist stream across the district, mainly delivered through a community service from sites based in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Nowra. An Adolescent Day Mental Health Program (ADP) is operating from Shellharbour Hospital, catering for CAYMHS consumers who are unable to attend school each day due to their mental health. The Department of Education and Communities employ teaching staff to provide some schooling to the consumers at the ADP.

 CAYMHS also offers the following programs:

Who should access this service

CAYMHS sees children and adolescents up to 17 years of age, or 18 and still in school. The CAYMHS Youth Mental Health Program caters for those aged 14 to 24 with early onset psychosis.

How to access this service

Referrals to the Mental Health Service are by calling:

Mental Health Line 1800011511

Mental Health Line is a 24-hour telephone access service.

If it is an emergency call: 000

Contact Information

1-5 Atchison Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
Downstairs (of Community Mental Health)
1800 011 511

Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays):  8:30am to 5:00pm

How to get there

Downstairs (of Community Mental Health)

1-5 Atchison Street Wollongong 

You can drive or use public transport. The nearest train station is Wollongong Railway Station, and buses service the area. The building is at the corner of Atchison and Burelli Streets, Wollongong.


Parking in the area is paid or time-limited street parking, or free or paid local parking lots.

Advice for disabled to get to the service

There is a ramp from the public footpath to the front door. Ask for further advice when you make your appointment