Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Service - Illawarra & Shoalhaven


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 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.

What we do

CAYMHS provide specialist support across the district, mainly delivered through community service from sites based in Wollongong, Shellharbour and Nowra

Who can access this service

CAYMHS sees children and adolescents up to 17 years of age, or 18 years of age and still in school.

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)

49 Worrigee Street
Nowra NSW 2541
Crossroads Building
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 St
Wollongong NSW 2500

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.

Nowra: Crossroads
49 Worrigee Street
Nowra  NSW  2541

You can drive or use public transport. The nearest train station is Bomaderry Railway Station, and Shoal Bus services the area. The Crossroads building is located on Worrigee Street, between Osborne and Berry Streets, Nowra.



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