Young Peoples’ mental health is a source of major concern and is regularly brought up when Jeremy speaks to young people direct and to teaching staff, Heads and parents. There is a huge debate as to the cause of the upsurge in mental health concerns and the Government’s medical advisers have for example issued advice to parents on safe social media use.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Horsham who co-ordinate this critical role locally have a tough job to do in ensuring that mental health concerns are correctly diagnosed and triaged. There are a wide variety of potential support packages, not all NHS run: for example the Youth Emotional Support (YES) service. Run by West Sussex County Council, the YES service is an example of resources being front loaded to support children with lower level mental health issues in order to identify who needs the extra help.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Quin at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Horsham where he met the team who provide this vital service.