Moving on from CAMHS

So, you’re turning 18 and moving on from CAMHS?

We call moving from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) into adult services as ‘transition’. It can be a difficult time when lots of other changes could be taking place in your life but the transition team can help and support you during this process.

At CAMHS we recognise the uncertainty and apprehension associated with moving on from the service, whether it be discharging from services when your treatment is complete or moving on to Adult Mental Health Services when you reach 18 years old if required.

At an appropriate time in your CAMHS journey your care coordinator will start talking with you about your transition plan. You will be included in the process every step of the way and will have support and involvement of the CAMHS transition team, which will include several dedicated peer support workers. Their priority is to support you with the move to help ensure continuity of care and to minimise anxiety for you.

They can also provide peer support and practical help so you can be in control of this change as needed. They may share with you their story from their own lived experience of using mental health services. They hope to inspire, support, and empower you. They will make sure that you feel listened to, feel settled and that your needs are being met. Contact with them, may be over the telephone or face-to-face it’s up to you.

My transition plan

You (and your parents/carer if you wish) should be directly involved in creating your own transition plan with the help of your care coordinator and peer support worker. Your plan should include:

  • What you hope to receive in you current and future support and how these needs can be met
  • ‘Transition Action Points’ and who is responsible for carrying them out and when
  • A plan for keeping well
  • A timescale, with key transition dates pinpointed
  • Contact details for all those involved in your transition planning and who to contact if you are unsure about anything.

Top tips for transition

  • Let people know what you think you need, to help you through the transition process
  • Make sure you are involved in creating your own Transition Plan
  • Planning should start early to give you plenty of time to plan and adjust
  • Let someone know if you have any concerns at all about how things are going
  • Work with your peer support worker to create a plan for keeping well
  • Let CAMHS know if you want your parents or carers to be involved
  • If you don’t understand something, ask for it to be explained
  • If you are unhappy with what is being offered to you, make sure you bring it up immediately with someone in CAMHS.