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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
Ok so ive been to the doctors before (about self harm mostly, but other similar things too) an nothing came of it an ive seen my school counellor and another councellor and none of it worked for me. I dont know what to do now or where to turn to. anyone been through CAHMS or however you spell it? is it helpful? anyone done anything other than councelling that helped?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    CAMHS is the child and adolescent mental health services. if you see your GP about mental health and they decide that you need specialist help they will probably refer you to a CAMHS specialist (ie. a psychiatrist or a different physician specialising in children). if they decide you need their help you'll probably see the psychiatrist every 6 weeks or so for checkups and then see someone different (counsellor, psychiatric nurse, psychologist etc) more regularly. one of the people you see will be your named care manager and they will decide which people you need to see and for how long.

    i was in the CAMHS system from aged 14 up until I was too old. when i was there i thought it was shit, mental health is very poorly funded and there isn't enough time and resources to go round. but compared to the adult services it's much better. it's hard work though and you have to co-operate and go along with what they want you to do. i didn't find it overly helpful but i was very young and it probably did me some good looking back on it.

    it all depends on your GP, that's the only way you can access anything specialist within the NHS. they might decide that care within the GP surgery is more appropriate; a lot of trusts now are moving towards having CPNs and counsellors in GP surgeries regularly rather than sending people to the mental health clinics. be aware also that you get a referral you will probably be on a huge waiting list to see the psychiatrist or consultant and then on another long list waiting for psychotherapy or counselling. it all depends on how many people are already waiting.

    good luck with it if you do decide to go to your GP x
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thing is i was reffered to CAMHS just over a year and a half ago whn id been self hrming for 2 and a half years but because i wasnt going to kill myself they decided i didnt need help and sent me a leaflet about an adolescent mental health website. since then everythings got loads worse and self harm isnt the only thing i struggle with. I have had councellig twice outside of CAMHS and it hasnt helped. i dont want to go back to my doctor cus i hate her but if it will get me better then i probably should cus its getting really out of hand and stuff. Thing is that i go through phases of wanting help and then by the time i get any i have decided nothing is wrong and that im just gunna be like this forever so whats the point. Also i dont want my parents to knw because they would hate me for it =/
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Lemon wrote: »
    Thing is that i go through phases of wanting help and then by the time i get any i have decided nothing is wrong and that im just gunna be like this forever so whats the point.

    this is pretty common and if you get knocked back when you ask for help it can put you off trying again. but if you feel you can't cope alone you must let someone help you. you won't be like this forever, things can change, but it might be that you can't change them alone.

    the only way you can get back in the CAMHS system is through your GP. but if you've been referred before, the chances are that they will offer you some help this time, on the grounds that you haven't improved on your own. remember that you can ask to see a different GP if you don't like the one you've seen before, either at the same surgery or by enrolling at a different one. also, if you do get a referral to the mental health services and they don't offer you further help you can ask for another assessment with a different psychiatrist, although that does mean putting yourself through the ordeal again.

    basically, if you want help then keep pushing for it. i've let the MH services discharge me and i really wish i hadn't. it's true that they are underfunded and can only help in serious cases, but if you are feeling very bad and self-harming then you are one of those serious cases.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Okay
    well i may try again. but my parents would have to know wouldnt they? as im under 16?
    I just dont want to be let down again so its hard.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Lemon wrote: »
    Okay
    well i may try again. but my parents would have to know wouldnt they? as im under 16?
    I just dont want to be let down again so its hard.

    unless a professional (in any area, not just a doctor) thinks you are in danger, they have no right to tell your parents. you can go to the doctors alone without them needing to know if that's what you want.

    can i ask why you don't want to tell them?
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    hmmm ok, last time they said they had to =/

    umm cus they new the first time i had to go doctors us of it and my dad didnt speak for me for two days and when he did all he said was what your doing is as bad as doing drugs. i then hid it more but i streched once and the saw and i got yelled at alot. and it just makes it worse cus i feel like ive failed them. =/ so i dont want them to know cus i cant bear the disapointment they have in me now without making it worse
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