How mental health services helped me

12th Mar
2019

Grace (not her real name) shares her experience of receiving treatment from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sussex.

“It’s going to be okay. It may not be right now, but give it time and you will start to see that you can recover and that life is definitely worth living.”

Grace (not her real name) shares her experience of receiving treatment from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sussex.

“Before going to CAMHS I was having suicidal thoughts and was self-harming on a regular basis. I was in a really dark place and was very unwell.

“It took me a while to build up the courage to tell someone but when I did, the first person I told was my best friend. My parents also found out but this was unintentional – they had noticed I was self-harming. It was at this point that I went to my GP, who then referred me to CAMHS.

“When I first went to CAMHS I was scared. I was scared that they would section me and I was also scared to talk about my feelings. It took me a long time to open up and talk about how I was feeling but when I did, that’s when things started to get better.

“Being able to talk about things took a massive weight off my shoulders because I wasn’t bottling everything up anymore. I also began to realise that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and that if other people could recover, so could I.

“4 years later I am so glad that I opened up because CAMHS helped me see that life is worth living. It took a while to find the right medication for me but now, I am finally feeling more like myself and I am definitely on the road to recovery.

“If you are struggling with your mental health, please don’t suffer in silence. Talking about it and admitting you need help is the first step to recovery. And let me tell you – it’s so worth it! It’s going to be incredibly difficult to begin with, but every word that comes out your mouth will be easier to say than the last.

“CAMHS don’t judge you and they don’t give you stupid advice like “just be happy”. They actually help you. They work with you to uncover why you are feeling this way and they help you to get better.

“Also remember you are in control of your recovery. CAMHS can only help you if you let them and you are willing to try new things. Some things won’t work for you and that’s okay – they don’t mind if you tell them that because there’s always another way. It took me a long time to find the best treatment for me. Some things worked, some didn’t, but the main thing is I tried.

“It’s going to be okay. It may not be right now, but give it time and you will start to see that you can recover and that life is definitely worth living.”

“CAMHS don’t judge you and they don’t give you stupid advice like “just be happy”. They actually help you. They work with you to uncover why you are feeling this way and they help you to get better.”