Following recent concerns about the mental health support for children and young people NSFT, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups have provided the following update:
“COVID-19 has presented some very big challenges and the waiting times for the assessment and treatment for young people’s mental health services has subsequently increased, including a steady rise in referrals to the emotional wellbeing hub.
“We have already increased staff numbers working at the hub and plan further recruitment to tackle the backlog to ensure initial assessment is as swift as possible.
“Extra investment is also planned by commissioners to boost treatment and support times, such as an extra £500K for eating disorder services.
“We’re working closely with our health and care partners, including Suffolk Parent Carer Network and Suffolk User Forum, with the aim of ensuring every young person who needs mental wellbeing support can access it as quickly as possible.”
If you are affected by waiting times for mental health support for a child or young person, please know that a range of voluntary services are available to support you and your family.
Kooth offer free, safe and anonymous online support for young people.
Kooth is a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity. Launched in 2004 and accredited by the BACP, more than 1,500 children and young people across the country login to Kooth every day. Find out more on this link https://www.suffolkuserforum.co.uk/support-directory/kooth/
If you are a young person in Suffolk, visit The Source website for health, wellbeing and mental health information and support. https://www.thesource.me.uk/
Young Minds provides young people with tools to look after their mental health. They empower adults to be the best support they can be to the young people in their lives. Whether you want to know more about how you’re feeling, get information about a mental health condition or know what support is available to you, Young Minds can help. Find out more on their website: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/
OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by OCD. OCD Youth is run *by* young people with OCD, *for* young people with OCD. Find out more on this link https://www.suffolkuserforum.co.uk/support-directory/ocd-youth/
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Find out more on this link https://www.suffolkuserforum.co.uk/support-directory/childline/