In 2017-2018, Sam Barakat conducted a study, where young people from across the UK shared their views and/or experiences of CAMHS.
1,438 12-25 year olds responded, with 1332 from England, 40 from Wales, 46 from Scotland, 15 from Northern Ireland, 1 from Isle of Skye and 1 from Isle of Wight.
697 (48.4%) of respondents have used CAMHS and 741 (51.6%) have not used CAMHS
77.2% of those who have not used CAMHS think accessing CAMHS would be easier if they were certain it would be confidential.
54.5% of those who have used CAMHS say their experience would have been easier if they knew it would be confidential.
621 (89.1%) of those who’ve used CAMHS and 631 (85.2%) of those who have not used CAMHS think that young people should be able to seek help without parents knowledge.
In comparison to this, only 165 (23.7%) of those who’ve used CAMHS and 187 (25.2%) of those who have not used CAMHS think you can go to CAMHS confidentially.
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