Video: Mental health and transition
Three young people describe, in an intensely personal way, how the transition from CAMHS felt for them. They discuss the onset of their mental health problems and their experience of transition to adult services, which they describe as scary, confusing, and ‘like falling down a cliff with rocky bits’. Admission to adult wards was particularly frightening. Young people and their families want information, joined-up services, and to be listened to. Otherwise, being discharged ‘feels like being given up on’.
The second half of the film is about the integrated Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. The challenge is to improve transition when young people are no longer eligible for services from the child and adolescent mental health team at the age of 16. Young people were getting lost in the gap between services and many were not accessing services. The aim of creating special new services is to decrease the anxiety of young people and their families and to improve the transition. Services managed by health include a transition clinic, whilst social services run a peer support group and a drop-in counselling service. Staff and young people talk about the ways in which these new services are of benefit.