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Could mental health support be easier to access?

By February 11, 2020National News

The Children’s Society has published a report on the experiences of young people accessing mental health support from NHS Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS).

Findings from interviews with 27 young people aged 11- to 21-years-old include:

  • there is a stigma and lack of knowledge around how to support young people with mental ill health
  • there are barriers to accessing support, such as waiting times, confusing referrals and difficult therapeutic relationships
  • there is frustration with the quality of services once young people have found support.

Recommendations include:

  • significantly redesign mental health services for children and young people
  • integrate mental health services within communities
  • and make services easily visible and accessible to young people.

You can read the report, Waiting in Line, here as an online pdf  (opens in a new tab)

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