Children and young people mental health services
A child with good mental health is much more likely to have good mental health as an adult, to be able to take on adult responsibilities and fulfil their potential.
In Haringey, approximately 4,800 children and young people aged 5-15 years and 5,700 aged 16 – 24 have a diagnosable mental health condition.
Over the past few years there has been a growing recognition of the need to make dramatic improvements to mental health services for children and young people. We recognise that schools, for example, can play an important role in these developments.
Improving mental health support in schools
Haringey CCG was one of several CCGs across the country to receive significant funding from NHS England to improve mental health support in local schools.
The funding was invested in establishing two school-based mental health support teams that provide a range of emotional and wellbeing support to primary and secondary schools pupils in the east of the borough, which was identified as the area with the greatest need for these services.
Prior to setting up this service, we commissioned Healthwatch Haringey to engage with young people, parents and schools to ensure that we provided a service that met the needs of the young people.
This included conducting a focus group with 25 young people, facilitated by Healthwatch Haringey and counselling service Open Door, to get their thoughts on mental health support in schools.
We also engaged with Haringey’s Youth Parliament and got feedback from young people within this group about local mental health services and our proposals.
You can read the engagement summary here, which includes feedback from activities and the forward plan.
Our 2019-20 engagement plan shows how we will continue to involve young people every step of the way in the development and delivery of this initiative.
We also have parent and school representatives on our Children and Young People Reference Group and Children and Young People Transformation Executive, which oversees our CAMHS transformation provision, including this scheme.
Other CAMHS priorities
In addition to improving mental health support for children and young people in Haringey’s schools, we are focussing on several other priorities for the year.
These include improving access to services, reducing waiting lists and developing our out of hours’ service.
Members from the CCG’s Engagement Network provided feedback on our priorities, including new ones for us to consider. They also made suggestions on how we can help children, young people and parents to access CAMHS services more quickly when they need it. Read the feedback report here.
Our 2019-21 CAMHS Transformation Plan provides more detail on how we aim to improve CAMHS services on the whole and how we will involve local residents and health professionals on this journey.