"Transitions within Mental Health Services "

About: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

(as a service user),

I was a patient within CAMHS from the ages of 14 and 18. When I turned 18 I was quickly forgotten about. The service failed to set the motions of my transition to the adult service, leaving me very much alone and in a vulnerable place. Subsequently I suffered a relapse (anorexia).

I did see an adult psychiatrist for a few weeks, however I felt that this was not efficient enough and I don't think they had the skills to provide me with the support and therapy that I needed. The psychiatrist only wanted to give me medication (anti-depressants) when I felt strongly that I did not need them.

4 years on and I do not even know if I am still on a waiting list for psychological therapy within adult services. I have never heard from them so maybe I am one of those who have fallen through the net within the mental health service in West Yorkshire.

I believe that the transition between CAMHS and adult services need to be a smoother one. I would like to note that the care I received as an adolescent was very good. I am only criticizing the transitional process, which is very poor.

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Response from Linda Thomas, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

I am so sorry to read that you have felt so unsupported by CAMHS once you reached 18 and suffered a relapse as a consequence. I am also concerned that four years on you are unsure of whether or not you are on the waiting list for psychological therapy.

CAMHS recently transferred from our trust to South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which might make the transition easier for individuals in the future. However, I strongly urge you to seek advice from SWYPFT by contacting their Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) ON 0800 587 2108 and explain your situation to them, I am sure they will be able to help.

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