Children’s mental health services in the spotlight at events across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

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Future in mind socialMembers of the public and health professionals are invited to a series of events showing how children’s mental health services are changing in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

Dr Tony Bentley, GP and clinical lead in Leicester City for children and young people’s mental health services, explained: “Locally we have already begun to transform mental health support for children and young people through our Future in Mind plan, which is improving access to a full range of services that meet all levels of need.

“We’re now giving an opportunity for anyone with an interest in children’s mental health, both professionals and the public, to hear more about our success so far, as well as our plans for the future, and to tell us what they think of them. At each event you will be able to find out how the plans have evolved, meet the people who provide the services for children, young people and families and share your views on our progress so far.”

Event details

  • Thursday 7th February 9:30am to 2.00pm at Kibworth Cricket Club
  • Thursday 7th March 2019 9.15am to 12.15pm at Castle Rock School, Coalville
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 1.30pm to 5.00pm at Leicestershire Partnership Trust Learning and Development Centre, Beaumont Leys
  • Tuesday 9th April 2019 12.00pm to 5.00pm at The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham

In the future, services will receive a further boost from the recent national announcement, in the NHS Long Term Plan, that funding will be increased and that help with mental health will be made available to 345,000 more children and young people across England, through community services and schools.

Dr Bentley added: “Through the improvements that we are putting in place locally, we want to make sure that children and young people receive the right help at the right time through all stages of their emotional and mental health development.

“Three years ago, when we first started making these changes, the services available were relatively limited; many children were not able to use them and were not receiving the support that they needed. We are now in a position where the NHS, local authority and voluntary sector are working together more closely to ensure smoother movement between different services for young people and we have introduced new services to add to those that were already in place.”

In 2015, improvements were made to the Eating Disorders Service, so that it could help more children, and this has been welcomed by patients and families. This was followed by the introduction of online support for emotional problems which may occur as a result of cyber-bullying, peer pressure or academic stress.  The Early Intervention Service has been established, which gives support at an early stage to help build resilience and prevent the development of more serious mental health concerns.  Also now in place is the Crisis and Home Treatment Service, which can respond to serious concerns and aims to avoid children needing to go to A&E for mental health crisis; instead they are seen at a clinic or at home, depending on which is more appropriate.

Future developments will include a new service which will help children and their families reach the right support for their needs much more quickly and intensive community support for children with more complex mental health problems.

Visit here for further event details and to book a place or contact Tricia Reynolds on 0116 295 1119 or 07554 112 317.