Expand CAMHS

make camhs freely available to those who need it 

Why the contribution is important

Early intervention is needed to ensure yp get the help the need before their mental health deteriorates into a state which is more difficult to manage 

by Stephanieh on November 29, 2018 at 12:06AM

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  • Posted by eilidhh101 November 29, 2018 at 07:07

    Yeah I think this is really important, I know a few people that have been turned away from CAHMS because they simply don't have the resources.
  • Posted by Gracesmall73 December 04, 2018 at 16:51

    I definitely think CAHMS should be expanded, considering the Tayside is aiming for an 18 week waiting list and CAHMS is currently 8 months waiting.
  • Posted by ellasheridan December 05, 2018 at 10:02

    I think we should put more funding into camhs
  • Posted by Muirhouse2611 December 06, 2018 at 15:47

    The group discussion about mental health support at Muirhouse Millennium Centre on Monday 26th November 2018 thought that CAMHS should be expanded to include preventative support as young people have been told that they were “not ill enough to access CAMHS.”

    The group felt that CAMHS should be better resourced to support the needs of young people in Scotland.

    As one young person put it, “If I went to the doctor with a sprain in my wrist and my GP said, ‘Well, you arm is not broken, so I won’t refer you for support’, I would be rightly frustrated.” Young people felt that it was a helpful analogy to describe current access to mental health support and CAMHS in Scotland.
  • Posted by chloeblack December 08, 2018 at 17:15

    CAMHS definitely has a long way to go. there needs to be more funding and it definitely needs to be expanded as the waiting list is far longer than it should be. young people should be able to access the mental health support they need in as short a time as possible. i went for an initial meeting with CAMHS at the beginning of the year and then suffered from a suicide attempt in april which i feel could have been prevented if i'd received support from CAMHS earlier. i have only now got my first official appointment with a psychologist next week. although i am lucky enough to have a counsellor i have struggled a lot since my first interaction with CAMHS.
  • Posted by Tynecastle11119 January 17, 2019 at 09:49

    The group discussion about support in schools at at Tynecastle High School on Friday 11th January 2019 agreed that CAMHS should be expanded to support young people to prevent ill mental health.

    They stressed that the waiting lists are too long, which they agreed can lead to mental health deteriorating into a state which is more difficult to manage by the time a young person gets to the end of the waiting list.

    The group felt that CAMHS sessions are too short, and that sometimes 6 sessions may not be enough to deal with the issue at hand.

    They felt that sessions should be based on personal need and should be long as the young person needs. They noted that some CAMHS counsellors “aren’t that great with personal relationships” and perhaps more choice should be available for young people to attend sessions with a counsellor that uses an approach that best fits their needs.
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