Advice, Uncategorized

The Inbetweeners of Mental Health

A friend and reader, Tracey, suggested today’s blog topic.

The issue of the ‘inbetweeners’ of mental health seems to be a problem many people have experienced at one stage or another. It’s the transition stage between what the NHS class as childhood and adulthood. It is the point in which an existing or newly referred patient, over the age of 16, is moved on to adult services.

The UK’s leading charity in improving young people’s mental health services, YoungMinds, are currently campaigning to improve transition care from child and adolescent mental health services to adult services, preventing young people from getting ‘lost in the system’.

And there are many who are being left in the dark when it comes to receiving the support they need from mental health services.

Did you know that when young people reach the age of 16 or 17, they are no longer eligible for support from CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)?

But more worrying is that they are often much too young or do not meet the strict criteria to be referred to AMHS (Adult Mental Health Services) as they may be classed as ‘not ill enough’.

So where does that leave these ‘inbetweeners’?

It puts them in a position where, ultimately, they are not able to access any of the services that could help them on their way to recovery. This is a dangerous position to be in for any young person suffering from mental illness.

So why do these issues occur exactly? And what could be done to change them?

First of all, the criteria for support through AMHS is very different to that of CAMHS. AMHS point of entry for treatment is a lot more difficult to meet than CAMHS in regards to the severity of the individual’s mental health. For example, AMHS will often only intervene when a young person has reached a crisis point or are deemed as a danger to themselves or others while those under 16 will often be referred to CAMHS before their illness advances to such stages.

As mentioned in my previous blog, this is where early intervention is key and can not only save a young person’s life but would prevent a young person from having to access more advanced mental health services (such as inpatient facilities) at a later age. If these services and resources are offered to a young person as soon as issues surface, they are able to better equip themselves with the techniques or methods they need to prevent a relapse in their mental health in the future.

This current gap in young people’s mental health care is very worrying and an issue many may not be aware of unless they themselves have tried to gain access. Young people who are no longer able to access CAMHS are waiting long periods of time to reach the correct age for AMSH services, which can’t start until the individual reaches 18.

This huge gap and subsequently, further delays in referral can mean many young people ‘give up’ on transitioning to adult services and therefore never get the treatment they need, having a huge effect on their future mental wellbeing with potentially dangerous consequences. Young people are in essence ’disappearing’ from these services and falling off the radar.

There is also the added funding stress on the NHS, with services in particular areas receiving less funding in mental health services than others, meaning fewer funds for each patient and therefore a lower referral rate. There is a variation from county to county as to what age is classed as eligible for transfer to adult services also. For example, a 16-year-old may transfer to AMHS if they are no longer within full-time education. If they are still in education, they will often not be transferred until they are 18 years of age, showing a contradiction between counties within the NHS.

These young people are being passed from pillar to post. A lack of communication is also present between the two services. Neither CAMHS nor AMHS appears to be making the effort to work in line with each other. This leads to information not being passed between the two mental health services and therefore, many young people will have to undergo another assessment before entering treatment. Understandably, this can also be quite traumatic for a young person.

These services need to provide continuity and routine for already venerable young people.

Between the ages of 16 to 18, young people with mental health are probably at their most venerable. They are often making important decisions about their education. Should they stay for further education or apply for an apprenticeship?

They will often have to make more intense life decisions about relationships and friendships as well.

So why, at their most venerable, are they being turned away from the support they need more than ever?

It’s a frustrating and worrying time for both young people and parents when they are left in this limbo period, often feeling as though their concerns are not being heard or ‘don’t matter’.

The Government invested £54 million in improving young people’s mental health services between 2011 and 2015. Yet young people are still not getting access to the services they need.

Have you or your child experienced the gap in services? How do you think the NHS could improve on this?

Leave me a comment!



Lifestyle, Uncategorized

5 small things that make me happy

*Image taken by myself in Cornwall. Ask for use.

Catching up with an old friend over a cuppa.

There is nothing I love more then a good ol’ chinwag and some gossip. Friends will often come in and out of your life, especially as you get older. But the special friendships will last a lifetime. It makes me to happy when I get to chill with a friend and reminisce of a simpler time, like when Busted breaking up was your biggest stress. If you haven’t spoken to a friend in a while, drop them a message and arrange to meet somewhere for lunch or invite them over to your place. It could brighten your day.

Hot chocolate.

The elixir of love (not really but it’s blooming good stuff.) It’s a bit like a warm hug isn’t it? I can count of hot chocolate to bring a smile to face when I’m feeling a bit under the whether.

A Netflix binge.

There’s always a gripping box set to catch on Netflix. Whether you’re obsessed with real crime shows (waves hand up in the air) or more of a drama addict, you’ll be sure to find a binge worthy watch. I watched Making a Murderer in two days before Christmas (10 hours worth of show)… #truelifestorybro.

My other suggestions include Scream; Orange is the New Black and the first series of The Killing. There is nothing better then losing yourself in a good story.

The sea and/or a beach

The sound of waves, the sand between your toes and the breeze in your hair are just a few of the reasons I would quite happily live by the sea. I’m a bit like a frantic puppy when I see a beach. Although it has a calming effect on me, it also makes me super giddy like I’m at Disneyland. Maybe I was a dolphin in a previous life, who knows?

My dog running about like a loon.

I let me dog off the lead in the park the other day and he literally ran about for 20 minutes like he’d never seen grass before. He makes me smile so much when he bounces about with excitement. What did human beings do to deserve such wonderful creatures?


What are five small things that make you happy?

If you’re feeling a bit down, go and do one of the small things on your list. Whether it’s a certain food, a walk in the park or a book you haven’t read in a while, go and give it ago! You might find it gives you a reason to smile this week.

Have a great weekend, G



KeraStraight Moisture Mist


Just like our skin, hair needs moisture.

No one wants to take hair care advice from a scarecrow. Dry and damaged hair is not fun.

Dry hair can be caused by a combination of factors, but it’s mostly due to over treating the hair (either with chemicals or colouring) or applying heat regularly (yes, I’m looking at you GHD fanatics!)

I use to literally singe my hair with how often I straightened it back in high school! I didn’t even straighten it very well and sometimes (SHOCK HORROR) I straightened my hair damp! D:

I recommend you never do this. Not only do you get that little 70’s flick at the ends (NOT COOL) it really does damage your hair like no one’s business.

These days, thankfully, I use a lot less heat on my hair. I tend to just blow dry my hair as it’s quite thin and looks better with a bit of volume to it.

This Moisture Mist by KeraStraight has been a real winning product for my locks. In the bottle it looks like a thick cream but when sprayed it is a light mist that can be applied to hair before styling to introduce instant hydration. It can also be applied to dry curly hair to add definition, texture and shine, taking out any frizz and leaving you with bouncy, conditioned curls.

Moisture Mist has amazing hold which leaves the hair beautifully soft without that crunchy feel we all know hairsprays can give us!

This product is a master of all trades. It detangles as well as add’s light weight moisturise which is perfect for all hair types and can be used in conjunction with other KeraStraight styling products as it won’t make the hair heavy. It contains UV and heat protection so is a fantastic product if you want a simple routine and don’t want so many products.

What hair type can use this?

This product is fantastic for most hair types but those with chemically processed or damaged hair would benefit most from using Moisture Mist.

How should I apply it?

You can spray the Moisture Mist close to the hair for more concentration or six inches away for a lighter mist or add to dry hair to add shine to any style, curly or straight.

I’d recommend this to anyone who find’s styling their hair a choir in the morning as it really does detangle unmanageable manes and is just such a perfect treatment if you find your hair looks or feels damaged.

The Moisture Mist is usually £19.50 for 250ml but currently has 25% off on! So, as Gwen Stefani would say, what you waiting for?

Have you tried any KeraStraight Style Products? Let me know what you think!

Georgia XO

Beauty, Lifestyle

The Ultimate Oil

Hair oil has quickly become one of the most popular hair care products for woman on the go.

Not everyone has time to use various products in their hair in the mornings, yet we still want manageable and healthy hair that shines like the side of the Shard.

And so, Hair Oil was the modern woman’s saviour. A conditioning treatment applied before heat, it could transform the condition and add moisture into hair damaged by the application of heat (Straighteners and Hair Dryers) and everyday pollution.

All hail!

However, anyone who has thin or oily hair knows the struggle is real when it comes to applying oil to the hair.

Some hair oil, such as Moroccan Oil, tend to have amazing results, yet are very heavy, weighing the hair down. People who have oily hair may also be sceptical about the use of these products, for fear they may look like Greasy Mc Grease Ball from the Planet of Greaseatron.

But, my friends, for those people out there I say to you, the ‘Ultimate Oil’ is your answer!

Created by the mastermind’s at KeraStraight, the Ultimate Oil is kind of like the older, more sassy and successful big sister of all other hair oils. Think of it as a metaphor for Beyonce. It’s lightweight and easily absorbs rather then sitting on the hair’s surface. It also smells like what I can imagine a holiday in Bali with Tom Hardy smells like (not sweaty obviously… I meant like a dream…Ok, probably not the best comparison)

It does smell gorgeous though. I have my own father and cat to vouch for that! (My cat doesn’t wear the oil obviously, but he is obsessed with the smell for some bizarre reason!?!?!)

The fact it doesn’t weigh down the hair is a BIG bonus for hair similar to mine as well. I have quite flat, thin hair at times so using excessive products can sometimes bring my mane down like a night out in my home town.

So, what makes it so special? I hear you ask!

Unlike other oils on the market which contain one or two essential oils, KeraStraight’s luxurious Ultimate Oil contains 9 oils, all with different, unique long term benefits to the hair.

Argan and Coconut Oil provide deep nourishment to the hair.

Jojoba and Avacado Oil (mmm, that makes me hungry) give the hair light weight moisture.

Macadamia and Olive Oil seal the hair with shine.

Linseed, Wheat Germ and Sunflower strengthen hair.

How do I use it?

Apply the oil to damaged areas of the hair (mid section to the ends of the hair, not the roots unless you dig the fringe look)

You can use the oil in a number of different ways. You can use it after washing the hair and before drying/applying heat.

Ultimate Oil can also be applied after drying to add extra shine and combat frizzy fly aways.

Another great way of using the oil is as a night treatment and in conjunction with the KeraStraight Mostuire Mask or your hair conditioner to add lots of moisture to dry, damaged hair.

This is a new hair staple for me. It’s completely transformed the condition of my locks and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for healthy, manageable hair.

Because you can mix up KeraStraight Style products, this Oil can be used in conjunction with the KS Moisture Mist, which is amazing for dry hair lacking shine and nourishment.

Where can I buy Ultimate Oil?

You can buy KeraStraight Ultimate Oil in your nearest KeraStraight Salon or at LookFantastic

Ultimate Oil Blog