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Tuesday 3 January 2006
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What mental health provision is there for children and young people?

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In a special programme, Professor Raj Persaud looks at the state of mental health provision for children and young people. Ten percent of people under the age of 16 in England and Wales are known to experience a psychological disorder such as depression, obsessional thoughts or anxiety, and there are concerns that emotional and behavioural disorders among young people are on the increase: So how do our current services currently we recognise, guide treat and support children and young people with mental health problems - and their parents?

Raj is joined by Dr Tim Kendall, a psychiatrist and Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health which draws up mental health guidelines, Barbara Herts, Director of Young Minds, a charity committed to promoting and improving the mental health of children and Dr Tamsin Ford, a child psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry .

Raj also visits Collingham Gardens Child and Family Psychiatric Unit in West London , which is designed to look after children with severe mental health problems, and hears from Mark Houston, a student at Reading University , who reflects on the difficulties he experienced as a child with mental health problems.
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Additional information: 

Young Minds
YoungMinds is the national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.
The YoungMinds' Parents Information Service is a free, confidential, independent national telephone helpline that provides information and professional advice to any adult concerned about the mental health or emotional well-being of a child or young person up to the age of 25. Enquiries are also received by letter and email.
Young Minds, 48-50 St John Street, London EC1M 4DG 0207 336 8445

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health
All of the national guidelines on mental health from NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) are available to view here. If you have any queries on any of the guidelines discussed in today's All in the Mind, such as de press ion in children and young people, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, contact Katy Price on

Dr Tamsin Ford, child psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry.
Copies of the Department of Health / ONS surveys Dr Ford worked on and talks about in this programme are available here.

Institute of Psychiatry
An important international meeting held at the Institute of psychiatry called Life-span focussed on the development of mental health problems especially in children. The conference discussed the lack of recognition and services for young people, and that this lack of these services would create long term mental health problems. Overall the conference concluded that there was an urgent need for better research into the early onset of mental health disorders in young people, much better training in primary care and by professionals at all levels. The full contents of this conference will be webcast on the Institute of Psychiatry website shortly. 

National CAMHS Support Service

Youth in Mind
Provides information for parents, young people and professionals about books and internet sites related to mental health, and also has a service searcher that people can use to find their nearest service. It also allows people to complete the SDQ (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) which is designed to help young people and their parents describe their difficulties to professionals.

Collingham Gardens Child and Family Unit
Collingham Gardens is a tertiary referral unit for up to seventeen children between the ages of five and thirteen, who have complex emotional, behavioural and mental health problems. Education is provided on-site by skilled teachers from the Chelsea Children's Hospital School . Referral to Collingham Gardens can only be made by a child and family mental health outpatient team with the involvement and/or knowledge of the local child psychiatrist. It is important for the team to know that the child has received an appropriate out-patient mental health assessment. Tel: 020 8846 6644 

Campaign line: 0808 001 3219, Textphone:08000 968 336
A government support service which aims to provide advice, guidance and access to personal development opportunities to young people aged 13-19 years. The campaign line will refer on to the local service. 

Cardinal Heenan Centre, 326-328 High Road , Ilford IG1 1QP , Tel: 020 8514 117 - Monday-Friday 10am-1pm and 7-10pm , Email:
Confidential telephone counselling for people of any age, on any issue. 

Granta House, 15 - 19 Broadway, London E15 4BQ, Mindinfoline: 08457 660 163, Publications: 020 8221 9666
Provides mental health support and campaigns for good quality mental health services. Offers information and a wide range of publications. 

National NEWPIN
Sutherland House, 35 Sutherland Square , London SE17 3EE , Tel: 020 7358 5900
For parents with at least one child under five years. Aims to alleviate depression and other mental distress, and to promote good practice in caring for children. Runs national befriending and support projects. 

Email support service for young people between 12-16 years-old. There's on screen advice about all sorts of things eg. bullying, relationships, exams, drugs, difficulties at home, to name just a few. Or you can send an e-letter to Sam, their agony aunt. If you'd prefer a confidential private session, you can talk 1-2-1 in 'real time' with an NSPCC adviser, or email for reply within 24 hours.
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