"Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service"
About: Carnarvon Mental Health Service Carnarvon Mental Health Service Carnarvon 6701
Posted by absolutely wonderful (as ),
Recently my child had an appointment with the CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) specialist at Carnarvon Health Campus. They were very friendly and professional, and quickly gained the trust of my young child who is struggling at the moment (due to living through some traumatic events) and quite vulnerable/on edge. The specialist validated their feelings and was able to give them some strategies while still making them feel like it was a casual friendly conversation.
While we were there, there was another patient (who I presume was under the care of the adult mental health team) who started yelling and it sounded like kicking the walls. It was loud and quite frightening. My child was instantly on alert and quite taken aback by this. The specialist was wonderful and helped to alleviate their fears and remind them that they were safe in the room, however it made me feel quite upset as a parent to know that my child was being exposed to yet another traumatic event.
I wonder if there was consideration about these types of situations when it was decided that CAMHS should be placed within the adult mental health area? It was a scary experience for my child, and I have been left feeling quite uneasy about the situation. I feel that CAMHS would be better placed in another area that would be less likely to have agitated adults yelling and being physically violent.
Overall I am impressed by the professionalism and empathy that the specialist has showed to my child, and my family.