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Mental health services for the young need an overhaul

Following a review of services by a government task force, ministers have made a five year plan to improve mental health services for children and young people.  Previous research has shown that fewer than 35 per cent of young people get the help that they need with mental health problems and the annual report of 2012 by the Chief Medical Officer states that:

It is known that 50 per cent of mental illness that adults experience begins before the age of 15 and 75 per cent by the age of 18.”

Care minister, Norman Lamb, whose son has suffered from poor mental health has said:

I want to change the way we think about mental health care so that any child, whether they have a mental illness or simply need support through a difficult time, can get the right help at the right time.”

To tackle the problems, the report is recommending a host of measures, including:

  • A comprehensive set of waiting-time targets for services
  • The launch of a hard-hitting anti-stigma campaign
  • One-stop shop services in the community to direct young people to places that can help
  • Continued support throughout teenage years and into the early 20s to avoid the “cliff-edge of lost support” at 18
  • Greater use of online tools and apps to encourage self-help
  • Improved care as close to home as possible for children and young people in crisis
  • Extra training for GPs and other who work with children, such as staff in schools

You can read a full article on the importance of mental wellbeing and young people here.

To read more on the commitment to improving service visit the original BBC news article.


About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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