Policy Watch

 

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition finds that children and young people’s mental health neglected by local authorities

 

04/12/2013

 

Today the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition reveals a concerning new finding that 2 in 3 joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) do not specifically address children and young people’s mental health. Furthermore, data most commonly used to estimate the prevalence of mental health need is almost a decade old.

These are the findings of Overlooked and Forgotten, the Coalition’s review published today, 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.

Adult mental health problems often have their roots in childhood ; it is therefore vital to invest in services early on in the life cycle to prevent mental health problems developing or worsening. As well as the social benefit, early intervention is cost-effective, saving society the cost of picking up more entrenched problems at a later stage.