Transitions - Moving on from CAMHS
Turning 18 can be daunting for someone who is using CAMHS services and it is hard to know what to expect.
Below are some questions from our young people going through transitions.
Click Here for our transitions workbook, coproduced with our young people and their parents and carers, to be a source of information and support.
Transition describes the process of movement or change. There are many different types of transition within, between and out of services but this page will focus on the process of moving on from CAMHS to either another service such as Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) or to discharge and self care.
When you reach the age of 18, you will be considered an adult and no longer be able to use Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
The professional you are working with will help you prepare for your transition and together you will work on a Transition Care Plan. Together you will decide on some goals and objectives and work towards achieving them. The outcome of the transition will be dependent on a variety of individual factors but could include -
- Discharge from services, as you may no longer need them.
- Discharge back to your doctor or GP, who will continue to prescribe you any medication that you need.
In these situations it is really useful to take all the tools you have worked on and continue to use them at home. Additionally there are online support services such as Kooth and Young Minds that you can use if you feel you need them. We have a list of other support here.
- Transition to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)
For more support with this transition and information on what to expect please view our Transitions work booklet, produced with young people with a lived experience of our services.
Let us know
If you are in the process of transitioning on from CAMHS, because you are turning/have turned 18, we would appreciate if you could tell us about this experience. We value your feedback and use it to continue to develop and improve this process for other young people.
Additionally if you are the parent or carer of a young person who is in the process of transitioning, we would appreciate if you could tell us about this experience. We value your feedback and it will help us continue to develop and improve this process for other parents and carers.
To complete our survey's online, please click the relevant link below.
If you are a young person who is about to transition please click here.
If you are a young person who has recently transitioned please click here.
If you are the parent or carer of a young person who is about to transition please click here.
If you are the parent or carer of a young person who has recently transitioned please click here.
If you would prefer paper copies, you can print our survey's using the links below and then return the completed survey's by post to Service Experience Team, 99 Waverley Road, St Albans, AL35TL.