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Liverpool PCT launches specialised strategy to support mentally ill children and their families

Liverpool Primary Care Trust : 07 December, 2007  (New Product)
Liverpool PCT and its partners have developed and launched a specialised strategy to ensure that children and young people with a mental illness are receiving the right support.
Estimate suggest that one in five children and young people will develop a mental illness at some point during their childhood.

Liverpool’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Partnership consists of representatives from Liverpool PCT, Children’s Services (education and social care), and other groups that support young people, such as parents and carers, voluntary services and the Youth Offending Service.

Dr Paula Grey, Liverpool PCT’s director of public health said: “It is vital that children, young people and their families get the right support and advice if they are suffering from a mental or emotional illness but all too often they find themselves suffering in silence because they find it difficult to ask for help or their symptoms get misinterpreted.

“The CAMHS partnership intends to promote and support the emotional mental health and well-being of all children and young people in Liverpool by ensuring there is effective training, participation, early intervention and prevention as well as improving transition services for 16 to 18 years olds.”

Training will be implemented to ensure all professionals working in CAMHS have the necessary skills, training and knowledge to support children and young people and their families and to look at what is needed, and how this can be developed.

Steps will be taken to make sure children, young people and their parents or carers are continually consulted and involved with all aspects of CAMHS. This will carried out by improving links with the appropriate networks and groups, ensuring that consultation is part of the on-going service delivery and continuing to consult with children and young people from specific groups, such as black and minority groups, refugee and asylum seekers, those with a disability and looked after children.

To make sure support, training and mental health promotion starts at the earliest opportunity for professionals, children and young people, and parents and carers the PCT will be supporting and developing the Primary Mental Health Service ‘Working Together,’ programme. The scheme is part of Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust, and ensures that positive mental health is built into all service delivery and in schools and promotes the mental health website and online directory of services.

The PCT is also committed to continue to improve CAMHS for young people aged 16 to 18 years old by developing a specialist mental health service for this age group. The young person counselling service at Young Persons Advisory Service will continue to be supported and improvements made to links and joint working with adult mental health services.
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