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Transition from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services

Summary

The national investigation

We investigate how young people are supported in the transition from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to adult mental health services (AMHS) when they turn 18 years old.


Investigation summary

It’s estimated that more than 25,000 young people transition from CAMHS to AMHS each year. Many young people don’t have a positive experience of transition. As a result they may disengage from services and put their health and wellbeing at risk.  

In this investigation we share the story of a young person who died by suicide shortly after transitioning from CAMHS to AMHS. 

The investigation identifies a number of factors that contributed to this event, which the report describes both in relation to this young person and in the context of the wider healthcare system.

As part of the investigation we held a focus group involving young people who had either transitioned from CAMHS to AMHS or were in the process of transitioning. They provide the investigation with a lived experience of the issues and concerns for young people when services don’t meet their needs.