Concerns about the rising mental health needs of children and young people
- A report by Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) has been published reviewing the state of mental health support for children and young people in England.
- The report covered the impact of the pandemic on mental health, the rising demand for services, mental health inequalities and the need to improve access to treatment.
- Findings revealed concerns for disproportionate impact of the pandemic on marginalised groups of young people such as those identifying as LGBTQ+, those living in violent homes or those belonging to minority ethnic communities.
- Coalition members, young people, parents, and carers all raised concerns about the long waits, pressures and workforce shortages of NHS children and young people’s mental health services.
- CYPMHC calls for the development of a cross-departmental strategy, recommends a ‘whole education approach’ supporting schools, colleges, and universities to deliver education on mental health and the launch of early support hubs.
- The full report can be accessed here.