Call for Child Mental Health Services to Be Overhauled

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Call for Child Mental Health Services to Be Overhauled


A recently published report from the new Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce has recommended that mental health services for children and young people in England need a complete overhaul. The taskforce, co-chaired by Jon Rouse, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at Department of Health and Martin McShane, NHS England's director for people with long-term conditions, goes on to set out how this can be achieved.

One in six young adults has a mental health disorder, and 75% of adult mental health problems are present before the age of 18 years. The report found that many young people are not able to access the help they need. Young minds chief executive Sarah Brennan said, 'The current system is too fractured, too complex and too under-resourced. Without change, it will continue to fail child after child and family after family'.

In a series of recommendations, the report promotes resilience, prevention and early intervention, and places an emphasis on both the existing evidence base and the need to expand this. …

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