As a parent, carer (or partner) of young person with one or more mental health problems, it is likely that you have been supporting your loved one for some time now. As he/she approaches adulthood, the period of transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) draws closer.

The prospect of transition can seem daunting, especially if you have both built up a good relationship with your mental health professional / the CAMHS team. However, this transition is important to ensure that your son/daughter (or partner) continues to receive appropriate care in adulthood.

The MILESTONE study looks at how to improve the transition process and experiences for young people from CAMHS to AMHS, in the UK and across Europe. The main aim is to ensure that young people who need transitioning are moved to appropriate services in AMHS so that they continue to receive treatment for their specific mental health problem.  Of course, some young people might, at this stage be ready to move away from mental health services. In these situations MILESTONE aims to identify those service users who can safely leave, or be discharged from, the service.