Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Longitudinal data sheds light on current policy for psychological interventions in the community
Journal of Public Mental Health
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Neufeld, S. (2017). Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Longitudinal data sheds light on current policy for psychological interventions in the community. Journal of Public Mental Health, 16 (3), 96-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-03-2017-0013
PURPOSE: To expand upon policy implications of a recent study assessing adolescent mental health service contact and subsequent depression. METHODOLOGY: Review of related evidence from academic and grey literature. FINDINGS: Studies assessing the role of mental health services in reducing mental disorder during adolescence are sparse, and even prevalence figures for adolescent mental disorders are out-of-date. Adolescent mental health service contact rates are shown to fall concurrent with budgetary decreases. School-based counselling is highlighted as an importance source of help that may be at risk of being cut. Increased training of General Practitioners and school counsellors is needed to improve efficiency in specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: Longitudinal studies of young people’s mental health should include mental health service usage and its relationship with subsequent mental health outcomes. SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Funding cuts to CAMHS must be avoided, school-based counselling must be protected, and service referrers should be better trained. ORIGINALITY/VALUE: This paper highlights the need for increased CAMHS data, sustained funding, and improved training for this vital service.
child and adolescent mental health services, depression, policy, community interventions
This study was funded by the Wellcome Trust (Grant No. 074296), and the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Wellcome Trust (074296/Z/04/Z)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-03-2017-0013
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/266829