Your first appointment with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team is a chance for you to tell them about what’s been happening for you. Your CAMHS worker will ask you questions to build up a picture of how you have been feeling and what has been going on for you. Some of their questions might include:
- What difficulties are you currently experiencing?
- How long has the problem been around?
- Who’s in your family and how do you all get on?
- What is life like at school and with your friends?
- How has your mood been recently? Have you been feeling low or stressed?
- Are you, or is anyone around you, worried about your safety?
- What were you like when you were growing up?
- What has your life been like so far?
- What things you are good at and enjoy?
- What would you like to change or achieve by coming to CAMHS?
- What type of help would you prefer?
You might find it useful to write down how you have been feeling and what you have been experiencing before you come to your appointment so it’s easier to answer the questions. You don’t have to answer all the questions that your CAMHS worker will ask you, and there will be plenty of time and opportunity for you to ask them any questions you might have too.
Young Minds have developed a list of questions you might find useful to ask your CAMHS worker: Questions to ask.