CAMHS has helped me tremendously. They are all so kind and welcoming which lessened the daunting feeling of trying therapy for the first time! They’ve helped me with my Self-harming and suicidal thoughts which I have struggled with for a few years now, by giving advice on how to control the urges and to talk when I am having thoughts like that. CAMHS has also helped with my skills to calm my anxiety!
- Young Person
Q. How did feel when you were referred to HYM?
The doctor from Tameside hospital referred me because I was having severe chest pains. After many tests, the doctor put it down to my anxiety.
I didn't get accepted into HYM from the first hospital referral and was sad and scared because of my chest pains. After the hospital referred me for a second time I was accepted it took a long time. Getting into CAMHS is hard but I was lucky. When I found out I had been accepted I was relieved and happy.
Q. How did you feel when you went there?
The first time I visited CAMHS I met my first caseworker. I was really anxious and scared and felt uncomfortable but she was kind and welcoming.
She asked a lot of questions to see if CAMHS was the right place for me and agreed it was and said it sounds like I do have a social anxiety disorder. She took notes on family history and suggested we looked into a few things.
Q. How useful was it?
I am still under CAMHS but they have been very useful although am still struggling with my mental health CAMHS has helped me a lot. Because of CAMHS, I know my chest pains are from social anxiety disorder as well as some OCD. I am currently on the ADHD and ASD pathways. I am also now on medication to help with my anxiety which has helped me loads although I still have a long way to go. I am working and trying my hardest with my doctor at CAMHS. The workers are kind. If you struggle with your self-image like me please don't hurt yourself. One thing that helped me with self-harm is seeking comfort from my cat and talking to someone. If you are struggling please seek out help and find an outlet like a hobby. Always let your CAMHS worker know how you feeling. They are there to help.
Q&A with a young person