Young adults receiving mental health services


Roger Bone – CEO of Cardiff Mind Photo: CNP

Young people who are suffering from mental health issues in Cardiff are still struggling to seek professional help from CAMHS, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services. A separate organisation, Cardiff Mind, says this is because of long waiting lists.

“The difficulty is that very often these young people who have mental health issues, don’t get through organisations such as ours because we do the adults and CAMHS is very underfunded. So, that’s one of the reason they get a long waiting list,” explained Roger Bone, CEO of Cardiff Mind.

Even though he identified support for mental health, and that the Welsh Government has raised its investments for mental health by nearly £650m in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 budgets, there’s a concern about available resources for CAMHS. Walesonline reports austerity measures taken by the UK Government have also been hindering progress.

In addressing this issues, the Welsh Government has announced on their website that an additional £7.1m has been given to the health service.

Meanwhile, young adults who are suffering from mental health issues have yet to receive their first CAMHS appointment, as reported by Walesonline. The website reports this can take up to more than six months and that other options for young adults are limited to helplines that are offering counseling services in one phone call. Mr Bone says that such services, when compared to theirs can only offer temporary help.

“We’ve got a free service that can actually go for longer. We can go up to 10 or 16 sessions and we go further into some of the underlying issues that are affecting people’s mental health,” Mr Bone says.

Another issue with the current local service available for young adults is that those who are not designated priority cases are moved down the ladder, according to Dee, a  student at Cardiff University who has experience depression and anxiety last year.

“I chose not to seek professional help only because the process would have been long,” she said. “You think that your issue is bad but not so bad, (they would think). You are probably not a priority and it will take quite a few months for you to see someone, so that’s basically why,” she continued. “The system helps here and there but it’s just not enough.”

However Dee recalled that her mental health issues have made her easily emotional, tired and even encountered memory loss due to all of her inner thoughts and fears she struggled with.

Depression Voices Photo: Johnhain Pixabay CC

“There was one Sunday, I still remember, I got up, I wanted to go out and I just started crying, went back to sleep, cried, ate and I just didn’t do anything about it.”

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