Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

What is ISSU18?

ISSU18 is a regionwide service for children and young people up to the age of 18 who are affected by problematic substance misuse, this can be either their own or that of a family member, which is having a significant impact on the young person’s day to day life.

ISSU18 consists of mental health nurses and a consultant psychiatrist whom are employed by the NHS. In ISSU18 we believe in keeping knowledge base and skills as up to date as possible thus to give our clients the best standard of care.  We pride ourselves on being a small yet innovative team whom not only get on exceptionally well as colleagues but believe we provide a service which is of a high standard for our client group.

Please note: if either the young person or their carer have mental health problems in addition to a substance misuse problem in the family, a separate referral to CAMHS is not necessary.



Contact us

The Willows 
Children, Young People and Family Centre,
The Crichton,
Glencaple Road,

Oak Tree Family Centre, Dalrymple Street,
Stranraer, DG9 7EH 

Phone: 01387 244662

Email: dg.CAMHS-mail@nhs.scot

Who We Are & How to Refer?

ISSU 18 are professionals qualified in mental health and substance misuse, as well as a dedicated child & adolescent psychiatrist.

This service can offer mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment and specialist interventions in addition to assessment, action planning and specialist alcohol and drug interventions.

ISSU 18 will accept referrals from anyone who knows the child  or young person.

If you are 12 years and over, you need to give permission for your parents/carers /professionals to make a referral. Parent/Carers and the young person can self refer too.