Children and young people’s mental health
Our aim is to improve the mental health services that children and young people use and help children and young people stay mentally and emotionally well.
Children and young people’s mental health care should be easily accessibly, consistent and provide effective care for all mental health conditions across London.
Children and young people say they want mental health care that:
- has an integrated child, youth and family-friendly approach
- recognises their needs as they see them
- makes them feel supported
- emphasises the positives
- helps them to cope.
- 1 in 10 children and young people aged between 5 and 15 years old have a diagnosable mental health disorder – that’s three in every school class, and more than 100,000 across the London.
- Between 1 in 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm – admissions have increased by 68% in 10 years.
- Half of all adult mental illness starts before a child reaches the age of 14.
- 75% of lifetime mental health disorders have their first onset before 18 years of age.
Helping children and young people improve their mental health is an effective means of preventing or reducing the impact of mental health problems in later life.
Our programme of work
A range of national strategies and policies mandate action to transform the mental health system for children and young people including Future in Mind. London’s clinical commissioning groups have been required to develop local transformation plans that respond to the challenges. We are supporting local transformation plans through hands on advice, publishing guidance, running events and workshops to facilitate the sharing and development of best practice. Please get in touch if you would like to know about the work we are doing and how to get involved.