Emotional Wellbeing

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Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service supporting Children, Young People and their families, with other services specifically supporting adults; Babyloss Bereavement Service and Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service. We also offer a Specialist Bereavement Service in Kent and Medway.

PLEASE NOTE : From the 1st June CHUMS will no longer be delivering the Emotional Wellbeing Contract under ELFT/CAMHS, please see referral pathway below to access support

Important Service Update from Dawn Hewitt – CHUMS CEO

31st May 2024

This is an important update about CHUMS provision of the Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) for children, young people and families in Bedfordshire and Luton.For 24 years we have proudly partnered with the NHS to deliver bereavement and emotional wellbeing support. Our team has supported 85,000 individuals to cope with mental health difficulties and grief. Regrettably, our long-standing partnership with the NHS is ending. East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) will transition the delivery of the service to ELFT CAMHS on 1st June 2024. We are deeply disappointed by the outcome of the procurement process. Nevertheless, our unwavering commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of the community remains strong. We are actively seeking alternative funding to continue supporting bereaved children and their families. CHUMS will continue to deliver the following services:

•  Department of Health and Social Care Early Intervention Hub for 11 – 25 year olds
  Trauma Service for 5 – 18 year olds
  Recreational Therapeutic Service for 7 – 11 year olds
  Babyloss Service for bereaved parents
  Suicide Bereavement Service (BSBS) for all ages
  Friendship Scheme, for 13 – 25 year olds with disabilities in Luton
  Young Carers for 5 – 25 year olds in Luton

Five of these services are charitably funded through our sister organisation, CHUMS Charity. Donations can be made at

Additionally, we provide a Suicide Response Service in Hertfordshire (HSBS) and a Specialist Bereavement Service for up to 25 year olds in Kent.

More information about these services, our eligibility criteria and referral forms, can be found on this website.

We recognise that this period of change may be unsettling for people in the community who rely on our services. We are working hard to minimise the impact and value your support during this transition. We are committed to meeting community needs and seek to continue the valuable work CHUMS has delivered, including future collaborations with ELFT. Despite no longer delivering the Emotional Wellbeing Service, we have creative and ambitious plans for new services.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us with any questions or feedback at and thank you for your continued support and belief in our work.

Below is the information regarding access to services delivered by ELFT:
CAMHS | East London NHS Foundation Trust (
South Bedfordshire/Luton CAMHS | East London NHS Foundation Trust (
North Bedfordshire CAMHS | East London NHS Foundation Trust (

Get Crisis Support – there are other entry points to accessing support depending on clinical need. This may include accessing crisis support on 111 option 2 or if you require medical intervention the local A&E dept. where you will also be assessed via the CAMHS crisis pathway once medically fit.

Kind regards

Dawn Hewitt – CHUMS CEO

Service User Participation & Feedback

Children and Young People Service User Participation Forum

Would you like to get involved in an exciting opportunity, making changes, and influencing the future of CHUMS, while having fun with other like-minded children and young people?

Would you like to get together and share ideas with regards to how we can make a difference to mental health and emotional wellbeing services for children and young people in our area? If so, we would love to have you on board our team! You can do this by joining our CYP Service User Participation Forum.

Parent and Carer Participation Forum

CHUMS recognises that parents and carers are key stakeholders and we are keen to encourage people to join our Parent and Carer Participation Forum.

Feedback from service users and their families is imperative in helping us to design and develop new services, as well as improve our current service delivery.

Please use the contact form to request further information on Service User Participation.
PLEASE NOTE: this contact form is for information on Service User Participation only and not for referrals – to submit a referral to our service, please use the following link:

Contact Form

If you are interested in Suicide Prevention, please undertake the 20 minutes free e-learning training developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance ‘Suicide – Let’s Talk’ by following this link

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