This guide provides an overview of the challenges facing mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people | Local Government Association
At least one in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems, and the unreported figures are likely to be even higher. Young people are increasingly struggling with problems like anxiety, depression and self-harm, with nearly 19,000 young people admitted to hospital after harming themselves in 2015 – a 14 per cent rise over three years. This guide provides an overview of the challenges facing mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people.
Study explores the long-term social and economic impact of effective bullying interventions implemented in primary schools.
MQ: Transforming Mental Health have published a report which finds that the implementation of evidence-based school bullying interventions could prevent over 24,000 cases of bullying each year. This would significantly improve the mental health of thousands of young people, and save the UK economy £348 million per year group. This represents a return on investment for £146 for every £1 invested in implementing a proven model.
The economic model uses data from the 1958 Birth Cohort on outcomes associated with childhood bullying to estimate the potential short- and long-term benefits of effective anti-bullying interventions in schools.
The report highlights that with such clear evidence pointing to the link between bullying and mental illness, it’s vital that schools receive support from both the government and public funding to rollout evidence-based schemes to tackle it.
Turning the tide: reversing the move to late intervention spending in children and young people’s services. | The National Children’s Bureau | The Children’s Society | Action for Children
This report looks at current funding and spending across children and young people’s services. It finds councils no longer have the resources to fund early intervention services and suggests that this is likely to increase demand for more costly ‘late’ interventions.
The report looks at current funding and spend right across children and young people’s services, and provides an estimate of how much councils are receiving for children and young people’s services and where this is being allocated.
The Beyond Places of Safety fund will focus on improving urgent mental healthcare in local areas | Department of Health
The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Beyond Places of Safety scheme aims to improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare. This includes conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.
In 2015, the government committed five years of extra funding for children and young people’s mental health services (CYPMHS). All areas of England were required to submit plans outlining how they will improve their services by 2020.
This POSTnote describes some of the new models of CYPMHS and examines the challenges to their effective implementation.
The Office for National Statistics estimates that nearly one in four Children and Young People (CYP) show some evidence of mental ill health.
It is estimated that between £70-100 billion is lost each year in the UK due to poor
New models of CYP mental health services are currently being developed across the
country to suit the unique needs of local areas. They include whole-system, schoolsbased, community-based and other models, and involve integrating services from across the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Issues with implementing new service models include data monitoring, recruiting
and retaining staff and funding.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said there will be 21,000 more nurses, therapists and consultants working in mental health services in England by 2021 | BBC News
But the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has questioned whether there is enough money and how these posts are going to filled. BBC Reality Check looked at who’s likely to be right. We’re talking about England because the running of health services is devolved to the other nations.
The government has pledged to spend an extra £1bn already promised for mental health services in England on the new staff. This is not new money from the Treasury but comes from existing NHS budgets.
Experts from the Nuffield Trust, a think-tank specialising in health policy, say £1bn would be more than enough to fund 21,000 nurses. Although we don’t know how many of the new jobs will be for nurses and how many will be for consultants – and of course their salaries vary widely – it seems the plan is roughly affordable, albeit with money that has to be found from elsewhere in NHS budgets.
But that still leaves the question of whether staff can be recruited to fill the posts in such a short timeframe.