A classic enquiry for The M Word

Written by Lavinia Dowling

It’s just gone 09:00 and John is on the phone to me about an enquiry when the work mobile rings. I am privy to the conversation between John and a Mum. She had been recommended by a friend, of a friend, of a friend who had been a client of ours. This friend of a friend, of a friend, of a friend who had been a TMW client had stressed to “only see them”.

Why would that be?

Now, why would that be? The Mum relayed that she had gone to the website, and knew to call us. She was quite distressed both for herself as a parent and her child, a teenage child.

Despite having a diagnosis, the schools’ expectations, demands and threats showed no insight into the teenagers’ plight and CAMHS? Yes, well the referral got rejected despite a visit to A&E, and despite the high levels of anxiety around school refusal, running away and resorting to self-harming behaviour.

Why does CAMHS reject?

Why does CAMHS reject? Why does the school not do something other than put pressure? Why does either party ignore the Autistic diagnosis and anxiety??? Neither party believe it is their role.

School state that CAMHS need to treat the anxiety so that the Young Person can continue to attend school.

CAMHS believe the school has induced the anxiety and so it is their job to fix the root cause.

Neither party accept liability, but neither accept responsibility in helping the young person or their family. And when both parties are accused of neglect by the parent, they retaliate by insisting the parent needs to attend a parenting course.

Invariably, the young person continues to deteriorate, mental ill-health escalates for all family members and then in desperation TMW gets the phone call. We are not interested in politics. Nor are we interested in supporting CAMHS when their mechanisms are not fit for purpose, and much of their language is lip service and clearly inaccurate to fit the client’s needs. Nor are they proactive because of their lengthy queues, and determination to farm out the work to any charity that will take the clients and then try and fit the clients to the farrows they have open and can accommodate in a year, two years, or even three. And this is deemed standard practice across the UK.

John and I are accruing a passionate team of individuals who want the best for you and are looking how to help as many people as possible.

The Mental Health assessments are designed to be a useful tool that could be used for a Mental Health care plan or to complement the Initial Screening. Together they make formidable reports as hard evidence from a mental health clinical perspective.

The Initial Screening is especially to be the Rolls Royce of your first screening to ensure you and the clinician can make an early decision as to where to go next – be it sitting in a CAMHS or Community Paediatrics queue (you know the one that is anything between 2-5 yrs and counting) or cutting the chase to a private diagnosis within as many weeks.

We are determined to be proactive and efficient and cost-effective. We know this model should reside within the NHS (but it won’t with so many departments involved), and they see you as a number, whereas all our clients join TMW family as a name and personality with personal issues that are irritating but can be problem solved.

And we wonder why TMW is growing, and past clients recommending that their friends or family only see us………

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