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Improving emotional and mental health for children and young people

Most adults’ mental health conditions started before the age of 18. It’s important that we work with children as early as possible to ensure that they have emotional resilience and good mental health.

Services and organisations across the city that support young people (including early years services, the NHS, social care and schools) are working together to improve children’s emotional and mental health services.

We want to make sure the following things happen:

  • Services provided by schools, the council and the NHS work together in a more coordinated way.
  • They work more closely with the young person and their family, focusing on what they want and need.
  • A safe, sustainable and coordinated pathway of support is in place, from early intervention through to more specialist services.
  • People know what’s available and how they can access support.
  • The stigma associated with emotional and mental health needs is reduced.

The advice of young people, parents and families will be really crucial to make sure we get the changes right. Do you have a particular interest in this area? Why not get involved and have your say?

New strategic plan to improve mental health and wellbeing for children and young people

Leeds Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing is a five-year strategic plan to deliver whole system change to children and young people’s emotional and mental health support and service provision in the city. The plan incorporates priorities from primary prevention through to specialist provision and focuses on improving both children and young people’s experience and outcomes. The plan is a “live” document and will be refreshed on an annual basis.

Read more about the plan here.

Further information and baseline data on activity, investment and workforce can be found here.

Website for young people with mental and emotional health needs

NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups have launched a website to support young people with mental and emotional health needs: Leeds MindMate. The site was developed through extensive engagement with young people and has won an Inspiring Project award from the British Youth Council.

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Your views are important to us and could be used to shape future services – get involved.