Mair Elliott says she needs professional help to keep her alive. From the age of 14 she has experienced mental health problems which developed from anxiety and depression into psychosis and frightening hallucinations. She has also self-harmed and avoided eating when her self-destructive impulses got the better of her. She is one of thousands of young people who say they feel failed by child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in Wales. “When I discovered I was ill, I made the assumption that all I needed was a bit of therapy and possibly a bit of medication, then I would be back to exactly who I was before I fell ill – or even a better version of who I was,” said Mair, from Pembrokeshire. “I was naive enough to believe that I would get better and be completely 100% healthy, and my life would be amazing and sparkly. I also thought that getting better was just a straight upward line on a graph. “After 10 weeks of therapy and several failed attempts of trying medication, you’d think I would have realised that this wasn’t the case. “But the truth is I didn’t realise that I wasn’t going to make… Read full this story
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