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Sort the Switch

Our young people have spoken.

They have the right to mental health support, whatever their age.

This page is also available in Welsh.

This page is also available in Welsh.

Young people have told us that in Wales, the move from specialist child to adult mental health services isn't working.

Some feel abandoned, isolated and ignored. Their voices need to change the system for the better. Right now.

That's why we're calling on Welsh Government and mental health services to listen to young people. And Sort the Switch.

Take action

Young people should leave mental health services feeling supported, heard and cared for. Many don’t. It’s time Welsh Government and mental health services Sort the Switch.

To help, ask your MS to Sort The Switch

Email your MS

Find out more

Working with young people, we’ve created a report to share stories of moving from specialist child to adult services.

It includes urgent recommendations; from information audits to a mental health service that supports people up to the age of 25.

Read Sort the Switch report summary

Read Sort the Switch full report

To Sort the Switch, Welsh Government must: 

  • Listen to and act on the voices of young people in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (SCAMHS)
  • Make sure national guidance is delivered, and young people get the help they’re entitled to
  • Better support young people when they leave SCAMHS, and help make the move to adult services a positive step in recovery
  • Change the way services are run, to better involve young people’s voices.

What is SCAMHS?

SCAMHS stands for Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. These are free services run by the NHS to help young people with their mental health.

Read about SCAMHS and the move from child to adult mental health services. 

Get support and information on young people's mental health.

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