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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Good news for looked after children

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

The Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition have launched a new report today, Overlooked and forgotten: children and young people’s mental health neglected by local authorities, These are the findings of how children and young people’s mental health is being prioritised in the current commissioning landscape. The report offers support and recommendations to health and wellbeing boards on how they can prioritise and address children and young people’s mental health.

The report addresses the needs for financial support for those fantastic foster parents to enable the young people they foster to be supported through that the mist that challenges their lives in the transition 18 to 21.  

Now can we really work out, and have funded, a model of services so that all young people with on-going needs, both physical and mental health, have a safer transition in their move from child to adult mental health care. 

Where do the members of this College and others stand on 16- to 24- year-old services in mental health?  What should these services look like, not just for early onset psychosis, but for all mental and developmental disorders?

And whilst thinking about this, are student mental health services being well supported or do they risk erosion in the new commissioning arrangements?

Answers on a postcard please.

Sue

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