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The children, young people and families that we spoke to told us that they wanted to be able to access support in a variety of different settings.
So, we’ve planned for mental health support to be easily available in lots of different places – not just doctors’ surgeries, but also schools and colleges.
They also told us that transitioning to adult services can often be challenging. So, we’ve made as many services as possible available to young people from 0- 25.
For example, Sarah is 14-years old and over the past few months has started to worry about going to school. Her parents and the school are unsure why – Sarah isn’t being bullied or struggling with the work. However, Sarah’s mental health declines and she is now having panic attacks and very rarely manages a full day at school. She’s also struggling to sleep and had a reduced appetite.
Sarah’s mum called the GP surgery and makes an appointment with the mental health nurse, Sharon. Sharon is kind and listens to Sarah. Together, they identify Sarah’s head of school year, Mr Thompson, as a person she trusts and feels she can talk to.
Sharon works with Mr Thompson to support Sarah with her anxiety, and continues to meet with Sarah in a setting she feels comfortable with to discuss how she’s getting on. Sarah now feels less anxious about going into school, and knows who she can reach out to for support.