My first appointment

Knowing what to expect

We know that coming to your first appointment and meeting someone new for the first time is scary – you don’t always know what to expect. We hope that this page will help.

It is worth noting that your first appointment will be a little different, depending on what service you are going to i.e. whether you are going to Healthy Minds or whether you are going to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). With this in mind, make sure you read the section that is most relevant for you.

First appointment with Healthy Minds Lincolnshire

First appointment with CAMHS

Your first appointment at Healthy Minds

Young people may find it hard to be seen in school, but we assure you that information is only shared with the people you want it to be shared with.  The appointments are in a private area and you are called in to see staff discreetly.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) all about your first appointment at Healthy Minds.

Where will you be seen?

If you are at school/college you will be seen at school.  If this is not possible you will be seen in a suitable local community venue such as GP or children’s service.

What sort of things will you ask me at my first appointment?

The first appointment is your chance to meet us, get to know us and ask us any questions you may have.

Some of the things we may ask you...
  • Who you live with and how things are within your family
  • What school/college is like
  • What difficulties you are currently facing
  • What would you like to change
  • What do you enjoy doing outside of school/college
  • Who is in your circle of support.

During your appointments you will be asked to complete some questionnaires, these are for us to monitor your progress and ensure you are receiving the right intervention for you.

Your appointments will be for up to 60 minutes. We will offer you up to six sessions if identified for one-to-one support.

Will my family be invited to my assessment?

If you are under 16, it’s often really helpful for your family or carers to be involved in the process, as they sometimes know you the best and can support you outside of appointments.  This is why we usually ask parent/carers to attend the first appointment. However, we also understand that there are some things you may not feel comfortable sharing with them, so we will always give you the opportunity to be seen alone.

If you’re 16+, you can talk to our staff about who you would like to come to the appointments with you.

Will I have a say in what happens next?

At the end of your assessment appointment you will discuss and agree with the practitioner what the next steps will be.  We will sit together to create a care plan, outlining what will be covered in your sessions and what your needs are.  It might be appropriate to agree this there and then, and sometimes we might need to speak to more people, with your consent, to try find out the best course of action.  Importantly, you will be invited to be involved in this decision.

Will you share details of what I say?

What you talk about in the appointment will not be shared with anybody else, unless you give us permission, or we are worried about your safety.  If you tell us something that makes us concerned for your safety, we have a duty of care to protect you and this is when we would need to share information.

Your first appointment at CAMHS

We know coming to your first appointment at CAMHS can be scary. Because we have the word ‘mental’ in our name, lots of people get worried about coming because of the stigma attached to the word “mental.” We use the word 'mental' to describe all the things that go in your mind and to describe how somebody is feeling.To us, mental health means the same as physical health – we want you to look after your mind as you would the rest of your body.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) all about your first appointment at CAMHS

Can I see pictures of the building I will go to?

Yes, we have taken pictures of some of our CAMHS sites so you can see where you need to go and what to expect from your first appointment.  Just click on the name of the base you are travelling to-

 

Lincoln (Horizon Centre)- CLICK HERE

Boston  (Galaxy Suite)- CLICK HERE

Louth (Meridian Centre)- CLICK HERE

Spalding (Johnson Community Hospital)- CLICK HERE 

Skegness (Holly Lodge)- CLICK HERE

Grantham (Beaconfield)-  CLICK HERE

 

What sort of things will you ask me at my first appointment?

Remember, this first appointment is a chance to meet a CAMHS practitioner and for you to as ask us questions about what we do and how we can help.Some of the things we ask you might include

  • Who you live with, and how things are in your family
  • What life was like when you were younger
  • What School or College is like for you
  • How you would describe some of your difficulties, and when you believe they started
  • What you would like to change by coming to CAMHS
  • What activities or interests you have and enjoy
  • Who are the supportive people in your life

In your first appointment, you will be asked to complete some forms or questionnaires.  These can help you and the CAMHS practitioner make sense of what is going on, and the best way to support you.  When you start to feel better, we can look back at them to see how you are improving and the excellent progress you are making.

Will my family be invited to my assessment?

If you’re under 16, it’s often really helpful for your family or carers to be involved in the process as they sometimes know you the best and can support your outside of appointments. This is why we usually ask parent/carers  to attend the first appointment. However, we also understand that there are some things you may not feel comfortable sharing with them, so we will always give you the opportunity to be seen alone.

If you’re 16+, you can talk to CAMHS staff about who you would like to come to the appointments with you.

Will I have a say in what happens next?

At the end of your assessment appointment you will discuss and agree with the clinician what the next steps will be. It might be appropriate to agree this there and then, and sometimes we might need to speak to more people, with your consent, to try find out the best course of action. Importantly, you will be invited to be involved in this decision.

Will you share details of what I say?

What you talk about in the appointment will not be shared with anybody else, unless you give us permission or we are worried about your safety.If you tell us something that makes us concerned for your safety, we have a duty of care to protect you and this is when we would need to share information.

If you are attending an assessment for our Eating Disorder Service your first appointment is called a 'multi-disciplinary team' (MDT) assessment which means there will be more than one professional present and that your family will also be involved and invited.

Have a listen to our CAMHS Peer Support Worker, Becky, answer some of your questions about your first appointment

Becky accessed support from CAMHS when she was younger and now uses these experiences to help others going through this process.

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