Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

What Happens Next After Your Referral?

If after receiving a referral it is agreed that it would be helpful for CAMHS to offer you an appointment.

You will be sent a letter inviting you to attend your initial appointment, also known as a ‘First Assessment’.

We know you may have to wait until your first appointment, which can be difficult. It might be useful to have a look at the Young People or the Parents/Carers section’s within this website.

If you feel that things are becoming more difficult or more urgent whilst you are waiting for your appointment, please contact CAMHS on (01387) 244662. 

Your First Assessment

We are a single point of access for CAMHS/ISSU18 and Psychology.

Your first assessment is an opportunity for CAMHS to meet with you to gather more information on what help and support best suits you.  This assessment is usually with one of our Primary Mental Health Workers

If you are over 12 years old, we will ask you, if you would like your parent/carer to be with you in your appointments. We will meet with you and/or your family, we will listen and talk about your worries and difficulties. You might also have questions you would like to ask us.

After speaking with you and /or your family it might be more appropriate for you to get help from another service and advice will be given or referrals made, where possible.

By the end of your assessment a plan will be in place which has been agreed in partnership with the young person and family as to what next steps should be. 

What's Happens Next

If the difficulties, you describe are something we can help with then we will see you again.

We will then provide therapeutic interventions with the child or young person and together will agree a plan including ‘What Matters to You’ and their own personal goals. 

This could be brief or longer term, depending on what you are accessing CAMHS for and what difficulties you need help with.

What will CAMHS expect from me?

Whoever you meet throughout your journey, they will want you to try and talk about what you are struggling with and what help you are looking for. You might want a Parent or Carer or a trusted adult to attend your appointment with you.

You will need to be willing and committed to attending sessions that are offered, as well as trying and practising techniques until you find what works well for you. You will need to be prepared to work with us in this way so that you have the best chance of achieving your goals/recovery.

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