May calls for revolution in child mental health care
9th January 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a string of measures aimed at reducing the stigma around mental illness, and has announced that every school will have mental health first aid training in a bid to catch problems early.
“We know mental illness too often starts in childhood and, left untreated, can blight lives.”
Government plans will see 1,200 secondary schools - equivalent to one in three - offered mental health first aid training this year, with support for the remainder rolled out by the end of 2019. Staff will be offered guidance on how to identify and help children who are suffering from depression and anxiety, with training to also offer support on identifying youngsters at risk of self-harm and suicide. Other measures to be announced include the tightening of anti-discrimination laws to give those with mental illness greater protection against losing their job or facing disciplinary action, and a £15m investment in “crisis cafés” and community clinics so that sufferers do not have to visit their GP or A&E department.
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The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review - No 4 Winter 2016
2nd November 2016
The British Psychological Society have published a review of what good could look like in integrated psychological services for children, young people and their families with preliminary guidance and examples of practice.
MST Sandwell featured on BBC Midlands Today
To view the news article please visit the Midlands Today Facebook page (6th October 2016)
The excellent work of the MST team in Sandwell has been heralded on BBC News which highlights the difference they are making in the lives of young people and their families.
Seven in 10 nurses say young people's mental healthcare is inadequate
By Denis Campbell, The Guardian - 4th October 2016
A poll of specialist workers finds that 20% believe services are seriously lacking, with potentially dangerous consequences
Seven out of 10 specialist nurses caring for the growing number of young people struggling with mental health problems believe that NHS services are insufficient.
Half of all mental health nurses working with troubled young people say child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) are inadequate and another 20% say they are highly inadequate, according to a poll undertaken by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for the Guardian. Only 13% believe they are good or very good, while the rest say they are adequate.
Please visit the Guardian website to read the full article.
I'm Broken Inside: Sara's Story
Sara Green was a teenager betrayed by a mental health system designed to protect her. Using Sara's own words taken from her diary, Panorama reveals the failings of a Priory hospital where she was an inpatient and where she took her own life in a misjudged cry for help. Peter Marshall asks what lessons can be drawn from Sara's story and what can be done to fix the country's broken child and adolescent mental health system.
International Innovation Article
Family-based solutions for child abuse and neglect. By Cynthia Cupit Swenson; Cindy Schaeffer
To read the article please follow the link: http://www.internationalinnovation.com/family-based-solutions-child-abuse-neglect/
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