Mental Health Awareness Week – Support

Continuing a discussion around elements of Mental Health, for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, today I look at services such as CAMHS, what can be available via the NHS, or even your workplace.

This post offers some discussion around treatment options – however they are just suggestions and you should always make decisions about your mental and physical health in consultation with trained medical professionals, usually starting with your local GP.


CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, aimed at supporting young people with treatments for mental ill health and behavioural difficulties. Some of the more well-known support is for depression, anxiety, violent behaviours, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

The wide-range of services and treatment offerings are covered by a wide group of different types of therapists, clinicians, social workers and many other professional roles. The easiest way to locate your nearest CAMHS services is to enter your postcode in the link below:


Your family can often be given support to, as mental health difficulties don’t usually only affect the person facing the problem. There is, however, a problem some refer to as the “cliff-edge”; this is when, at 18, you need to leave CAMHS and seek to move into adult services. You will be given notice and support for this, but at 18 this can be a huge change at a potentially vulnerable age, and the transition can be difficult, including facing long waiting times.

Some young people may leave CAMHS at 16, or not be able to seek support until they reach 18, up to 2 years later. At this age, young people can be seeking out friendships, relationships, discovering sex and sexuality, and going through exams. This can be a very difficult time and you need to best support available.



One service adults can seek is called IAPT – Psychological (talking) therapies. Again, you can look online for this service, and you don’t need to see a GP first in most cases (you can still, of course, see your GP first if you wish, for any health matters):


IAPT may not be suitable for all mental health situations, however, your initial consultation will discover this, and discuss suitable options for treatment based on your situation.



Many places of work are now tuned into the idea that a healthier workforce, is more productive and more efficient or profitable. This can also have benefits in helping people manage issues in their social lives too. The level of service you find will depend on the size and nature of your company. Businesses will at least have, or access, Occupational Health services – this may be one route to find out more about local services, or company-provided ones.

Many companies are now training Mental Health First Aiders. These people are trained counsellors, but they offer a great first port of call for chatting about issues you’re having. These don’t have to be work-related issues, and you can be signposted to other services for further support. Your company may pay for training, or you may be able to take it yourself. The best start is looking at Mental Health First England about courses in your area – but do speak with your local HR Manager, Health & Safety Manager or Line Manager about this, especially if your organisation doesn’t currently have MHFA’s, but you think it would benefit from training some.



In terms of emergency support, you may consider options such as:


Tomorrow, we will discuss the topics of Stress, Fatigue and Burn-out.