What is CAMHS?
Growing up is not easy, and sometimes it's hard to cope with whatever life throws at you.
CAMHS - child and adolescent mental health services - can help if you:
- feel sad or like you don't want to be here any more
- have problems with your family, friends or at school
- hurt yourself or want to hurt yourself
- feel anxious and scared
- have problems with eating and food
- have trouble talking or sleeping
- hear voices or see things
- feel angry or are struggling to control your behaviour or temper
- find it hard to concentrate or get on with friends
- have to check or repeat things, or worry about germs
- don't like yourself or have low self-confidence
What can I expect from my CAMHS appointment?
Knowing what to expect when you are going to CAMHS will help you feel more in control of what's happening. Rethink has a guide that offers tips about what to expect and ask during your first CAMHS appointment and beyond.
You may be asked a lot of questions, and people might want to talk your family. This is because the people you see will want to get a good understanding of the problem, how you see it, and what ideas you might have about dealing with it. Once they have a good sense of the person you are and what you want, they will suggest different things that can help and you'll decide what to do next together.
Watch the videos on My CAMHS Choices where young people answer 'What will it be like when I come to CAMHS?'
The day of your assessment
- you can take someone with you to the appointment
- make a diary of anything you are worried about
- have a list of everything that you want to ask
- allow plenty of time to find the place of your appointment
- ask for leaflets about treatments and conditions discussed or recommended websites you can access from home
A lot of organisations have helpful information about what CAMHS services offer.