“Without schools and mental health services working more closely together, and without good early intervention, we will never address young people’s mental health” Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, Young Minds.
More than 850,000 children and young people in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder and half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. However, just the 7% of the total mental health budget is allocated to child & adolescent mental health services. Investing in services and support for young people at an early stage could not only reduce the care burden, but saves millions in future costs across the NHS, education, criminal justice and social care.
The Government’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce 2015 report, Future in Mind, made the case for a radical transformation of the design and delivery of support services. The report highlighted key aspirations for change such as improving public awareness and understanding of mental health; ensuring mental health support is more visible and easily accessible; and improving care for children and young people in crisis so they are treated in the right place at the right time and as close to home as possible.
Lack of integration between services is an obstruction for people with mental health problems. Three children in every classroom and 45% of children in care have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Mental health problems can lead to young people being disruptive, difficult, and withdrawn – how can services work together to ensure children and young people get the support they need? The Future in Mind report sets out how much can be achieved through the integration between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services.
This event will bring together professionals from across the public sector to learn how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people receiving the excellent mental health care they need. Join us at Childhood and Young Person's Mental Health: Promoting Integration and Early Intervention to explore a whole-system approach focused on prevention of mental ill health, early intervention and integration of services.