Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, January 2018
This bulletin relates to an investigation into the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services. A combined community and mental health Trust reported the case of an 18-year-old man who died by suicide shortly after transitioning from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to the Adult Mental Health Service (AMHS). Identifies that some young adults may not be ready to transition to AMHS at 18 and benefit from additional short term support which may negate the need for AMHS. For those requiring longer term involvement with mental health services, the experience of AMHS can be very different from CAMHS leaving patients vulnerable to a deterioration in their mental health or withdrawing from the services available to them.
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