Your child’s GP is typically the first point of contact if you are concerned by your child’s mental health. When you see a GP, they will take time to listen to your concerns, ask about your child’s physical and emotional symptoms, and offer you advice and treatment options. They are able to diagnose some mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety and may make a referral to a specialist such as a psychiatrist or your local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for further assessment. Additionally, your child’s GP may be able to refer your child for therapy through the NHS. However, waiting lists for mental health support and assessments through the NHS can often take several months. GPs are able to write referrals which are accepted by private clinicians.