Help us improve local mental health services for children and young people

13 February 2018

The NHS is looking for children and young people, and their parents, to share their experiences of using mental health services for children and young people.

Here in north Kent we want to expand the mental health services we provide for children and young people so that they continue to receive them until they are 25. At the moment people using the service change to adult mental health services at 18.

If you’ve used children and young people’s mental health services, please fill in our online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1825MH) which asks about your experience. By responding to this survey, you will help us shape mental health services locally for children and young people for the future.

You can also write to us to tell us about your experience. See contact details below.

We need your responses by 28 February 2018.

The government is also asking for views on its Green Paper for children and young people’s mental health. Their consultation closes on March 2 and you can give your views online. See information below.

To tell us more about what you think about our current local mental health services or young people, email us at dgs.ccg@nhs.net or swale.ccg@nhs.net or write to CYP Mental Health Team, NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group,  2nd Floor, Gravesham Civic Centre,  Windmill Street,  Gravesend,  Kent DA12 1AU.

National consultation on children and young people’s mental health services

In December, the Government published its green paper on children and young people’s mental health (CYPMH), setting out its proposals to provide children and young people with faster access to support.

The government proposals include faster access to children and young people’s mental health support, with £300m funding available for:

  • New community-based Mental Health Support Teams – backed by £215m in new funding.
  • Incentives for every school and college in England to have a designated lead for mental health– supported by a training package of up to £95 million from 2019
  • A new four-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas.

You can find more about the government’s consultation details online. (https://engage.dh.gov.uk/youngmentalhealth/)

Everyone with experience of CYPMH is able to take part in the consultation on the Government’s plans and people can fill in the live consultation now, which is open until 2 March 2018, to have their say.