If you have been treated in CAMHS you may not need to be referred on to adult mental health services.
Your GP and the local primary care team may be the only service involved in taking care of their mental health needs. GPs can provide the continuity for a young person and their family. They can refer to specialist services if needed.
The primary care team may be able to continue with the management of some disorders such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders. The team may also be able to provide or refer to counselling or psychological treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). They can also refer to adult mental health services if appropriate.
In some local areas, there may be a 16-19 services or team which help adolescents with mental health problems move from CAMHS to adult mental health services.
Some young people may have mental illness that can be more severe (requiring hospital treatment or review of medications prescribed for mental illness). They might have disabilities such as learning disabilities, along with their mental health problems. In this situation, the care and support is likely to be handed on to adult community mental health or adults with learning disability teams.
As young people reach the later teenage years, parents may no longer be the main carers. Young adults begin to take on the responsibility to make decisions about their own care. For parents used to being involved in the decision-making about their child's treatment, may find themselves consulted less. It is important that parents feel able to contribute to the decision about on-going and future care.
For young people
The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a difficult for everybody. Taking responsibility for yourself and your treatment is something not all young people are able to do by a given age.
The most important part of leaving CAMHS is to be able to talk about what you need.
This means understanding your illness, medication if prescribed, your skills, abilities and needs in everyday life. You may need to ask professionals and people, such as family or friends that you know well, for their opinions. This will help you to make decisions about what support you might benefit from. Even if no specific service is available for you, it is important to ask.