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We support young people aged 17 years and 9 months transitioning out of Children and Young People Services across the county of Surrey over a 6-month period. This could either be a transition into adult services or transitioning out of mental health services overall.

You will be allocated a Transition Support Worker who will create a personalised transition care plan to refer to throughout your transition. Your Support Worker will ensure you receive the appropriate support whether you are transitioning into Adult Mental Health Services or to the care of your GP. You will receive dedicated support to increase your knowledge and confidence in transitioning between services.

Our Support Workers can support in areas such as developing independence, education/employment and signposting to various helpful community support services.

Below is the transition support the Reaching Out service provides.

The course is designed to prepare young people and their families/carers with their transition from Children and Young People Services. It aims to help young people gain knowledge around how to improve their wellbeing and communication skills during their transition.  Sessions also include introductions to adult mental health services, adult therapy services and education and employment specialists.

A Senior PWP (Psychological wellbeing practitioner) delivers individual sessions with young people at a preferred location near to their home.  Sessions can be delivered over the phone or via Microsoft Teams if required to support the young person to engage in therapy.  6-8 sessions are offered with the dates, times, frequency and method of delivery discussed and agreed with the young person as part of their initial assessment. All courses of LiCBT are concluded with a discussion of next steps and a relapse prevention plan to maximise the chance of lasting success of treatment.

A Senior PWP ( Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) delivers an Improving your Wellbeing Workshop to young people with anxiety or depression, aged 17-25, under the Reaching Out service or Mind Matters.  

The workshop is delivered virtually over 5 consecutive weeks and consists of five modules (listed below), each is one and a half hours in duration.

Week 1: Understanding Unhelpful Behaviours & Motivating Yourself.

Week 2: Understanding and Managing our Thoughts

Week 3: Managing Sleep & Lifestyle

Week 4: Understanding and Managing Anxiety & Panic

Week 5: Understanding and Managing Worry & Stress

A Senior PWP can subscribe young people to an online platform called Silvercloud. Silvercloud offers information, tools, quizzes and videos, and the programme can be accessed via a computer, tablet or smartphone. It is especially helpful for those who may struggle to fit appointments around their current commitments and would like the flexibility. Young people set up a Silver Cloud Account and can start computerised CBT with the package of their choice i.e., CBT for depression/anxiety/stress/ bipolar disorder with the support of review appointments with the Senior PWP.

The Transition Checklist is a document to help you to start to think ahead and be in control of your move to adult services. You have the right to have your views, opinions and concerns heard throughout this process and this document, which can be updated as you move through the transition, will help make this happen. This plan aims to make your transition as smooth and as successful as possible.

This document has been developed by using a rights-based approach. This means the views and lived experiences of young people and young adults using services have been taken into account in its development. A rights-based approach puts the individual (you), your views and your rights, for example; to choice, control and autonomy, at the centre of decision-making.

If you look after someone you have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment which looks at the impact your caring responsibilities have on your life and what social care support, you might be eligible for.  The assessment looks at a range of things such as whether you get any time for yourself, how your other relationships are affected and if you have given up work/education/training or are considering doing so.  A plan is developed with you which includes details of the services available and information on local support groups for carers. To arrange an assessment please talk to your Transition Support Worker.