50% of mental health problems are
established by the age of 14
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Evidence shows that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. Young people today have to navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their life.
Our Children & Young Peoples Services
Following the Green Paper for Transforming children and young people’s mental health, we introduced a trailblazing service, with Mental Health Support Team’s operating in 44 Westminster Schools. The service is delivered collaboration with NHS England and the Department of Education.
In schools, we offer:
- Evidence based 1:1 and group interventions for children and young people and parents/guardians in primary and secondary schools delivered by Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs/CWPs) and an Assistant Psychologist.
- A whole school approach to mental health in schools, which is a wider programme of psychoeducational support for young people, parents/carers, and teachers.
- Our Youth Workers are based in youth clubs, delivering sessions for young people. This is to target young peolpe who don’t feel able to disclose issues in school, but who access local youth clubs.
- We support families with children who have SEND needs (0-19 years old) with anything related to the health, education, and overall wellbeing of their child.
- “Be Kind to Your Mind” is a service offering support to schools in the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster that do not have the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) provision.