NHS Hull CCG is to fund a six month pilot for Hull and East Yorkshire MIND to support young people in Hull aged from 13 to 18 with emotional, relationship, wellbeing and mild mental health difficulties. This could include one-to-one support, group social activities, small workshops and peer mentoring. This proposal is entirely consistent with the Government’s new strategy for young people with mental health problems “Future in Mind”.
The service will offer an additional pathway for young people who need support, typically for low mood or anxiety, who fall below the threshold for more specialist CAMHS support. This accounts for around 50 percent of referrals received through the Contact Point so the potential to support significant numbers of young people is clear.
After initial assessment, the Contact Point would be able to refer callers to the new young peoples’ mentoring service which will be delivered at times and places convenient to the young people involved.
The details of the pilot, including the launch date, are currently being finalised.
NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chief Officer Emma Latimer said:
“We have seen an increase in referrals for young people experiencing a range of emotional wellbeing issues, which has put an obvious pressure on local services.
“We have been working closely with our providers to look at ways we can work with organisations who offer early help and intervention, to help reduce the likelihood of children and young people experiencing more serious mental health problems later in life.
"Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has a very good track record with delivering one to one support for adults. It is a great organisation to work with to help deliver mentoring and support, and we look forward to seeing the difference this service will make to young peoples’ lives."
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