Welcome to APCAM, Assisting Parents of Children affected by Mental Health. We’re so happy you came.
How are you today?
As a parent of a child, or children, affected by mental health, it can feel all too isolating; not knowing who to talk to, or who to turn to for help and guidance. We understand the challenges and emotions parents can face, we know the difficulties with healthcare budget cuts and waiting lists, and we empathise with the worry that may be felt daily.
The whole experience can feel like torment; not knowing what is best for your child, not knowing which route to go down and not understanding why the waiting list is three and a half years long to be seen by CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). For most, that waiting time would not suffice, mental health is precious and not something to be taken lightly, especially for our young people.
Unfortunately, that waiting time would age the individual out of the system, where they would need to begin the process all over again within the Adult Mental Health System. It’s a system that is overwhelmed and under-funded, leaving many helpless, vulnerable and having to try to figure it out for themselves.
Our goal at APCAM, in West Oxfordshire, is to act as a support network, and potential lifeline for those in need. Our parent clinics, mental health first aid training, on-site Psychologist, and all our services have been formed to help, we’re not here for profit, we’re here for you.