Knowing what to expect when you’re going to CYPMHS will help you feel more in control of what’s happening.
Rethink has a guide that offers tips about what to expect and ask during your first CYPMHS appointment and beyond.
CYPMHS are made up of teams of different professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, nurses and therapists.
You may be asked a lot of questions and team members might want to talk to your family.
This is because the team you see will want to listen to you get a good understanding of the problem in your own words.
Once they have a good sense of who you are and what you want, they’ll suggest different things that can help and you’ll decide what to do next together.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website has information and a video about how young people receive support from mental health services.
A lot of organisations have helpful information about what CYPMHS services offer.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families uses video interviews to explain what CYPMHS is.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists website has material about who’s who in CYPMHS, with information for parents, teachers, young people and anyone who works with young people.
MindEd provides e-sessions on counselling and specialist CYPMHS aimed at trainee and practising counsellors.