Children and Young People

Your questions

Frequently Asked Questions from young people about coming to CAMHS for the first time for an assessment

What happens at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will usually take place at the clinic base. You can bring  family/carers and/or a friend with you. We will discuss some of the difficulties you have been struggling with and think about ways we and others around you  can help.  Don’t worry if you bring someone with you but have some things you wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about in front of them. They can always sit in the waiting room whilst you have that time to speak to the clinician alone.

How long will my appointment take?

Your first appointment will usually take around an hour to an hour and a half. Some people find that they aren’t very keen to return to school or work immediately after talking about important and difficult issues. So it might be worth considering whether you want to take time out after your appointment.

Who will I meet with?

You will meet with an experienced mental health practitioner at your first appointment.  They will explain what their job or profession is (the booklet also provides an explanation).  Sometimes we have people training or studying to become professionals working within the team who may be one of the other people you meet with.

What will actually happen?

Mostly what will happen will be talking.  We will ask some questions, and you will have the chance to ask us questions and say what you think is important.  Sometimes we check height, weight, blood pressure and pulse if there is a need to check a child or young person’s physical health but we do not give injections.

Will I get a chance to talk on my own?

Yes!  We try to give parents/carers,children and young people a space to talk on their own with someone.  However, you can of course choose to talk together if this is what you would prefer.

What will happen afterwards?

 By the end of your first appointment you will be told what is going to happen. Sometimes we need to see you again to find out more. Sometimes we may decide that a different service can support you. If we think it could be useful we will ask your permission to get information from someone else who may be supporting you, such as your school. 


Last updated: 11 August, 2017