My first visit

Visiting CAMHS for the first time is a new experience, so it's quite normal to feel a little nervous or uneasy. When developing this website, we asked lots of young people using the service what it was like the first time they visited. They wanted you to know that any concerns you may have are natural and only to be expected, they'd felt nervous too. They also said they were sure that once you meet the team you would see just how friendly we all are.

Where will I meet CAMHS?

At CAMHS, we mostly work in clinics or hospitals, but we can also see you at other places close to where you live - maybe at your doctors, a medical centre, school or even at your home.

We will contact you to let you know where your first appointment will be, when it is and who you will meet. If we meet again, we will try our best to arrange your appointment at a place that suits you.

Who will come with me?

If you are under 16, we ask you and your family/carers to come to your first appointment. But don't worry, if you are over 16 you can still bring someone with you if you want to, or if you prefer you can come alone, it's your choice. We like to talk to you all if possible, so that we can better understand the difficulties you are having and how we might be able to help.

What will happen?

At CAMHS we put you first, so not surprisingly at your first appointment we will talk about you and how you are feeling.

Before you come, you could write down things you want to say and things you want to ask, and bring them with you.

Some of the things we might ask you about include:

But remember, you and your thoughts and feelings are what are important, so we will always encourage you to share the things you would like to talk about.