An extra £22m for Children and Young People's IAPT
We’re delighted that the government is committing another £22 million to the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project.
It means that more children and young people who are struggling to cope will get access to the psychological therapies that the evidence has shown to be most effective, when they need them, reducing the chance of problems escalating into severe mental health problems.
The project also aims to improve outcome monitoring so we know what is and isn’t working for children and young people, to closely supervise therapy and its outcomes, and to make sure services are shaped and developed so they work for children, young people and where relevant, their families.
YoungMinds has been working closely with the Department of Health to make sure that the views of children and young people are at the heart of the design and delivery of the programme. Children and young people tell us they want to play a central role in making decisions about their care, so we hope that this continues as the programme expands. As Naomi told us at our consultation day, "At the end of the day we're the ones who receive this therapy. So it's really important we're involved."
When we listen to children and young people, we realise just how much children and young people are affected when asking for help results in a bad experience. One young person told us:
“It’s the first time in my whole life I've met people who have experienced some of the things I have, and it has made me realise that the way I was treated by services was their fault, not that I was a bad and worthless person as I have thought for years. I have walked away feeling empowered and not alone for the first time in years.”
By 2030 the World Health Organisation predicts that more people will suffer with depression than any other health problem. It is vital that we invest in children and young people’s mental health in order to prevent a generation of children suffering entrenched mental health problems as adults. Designing effective interventions is only possible if the voices of children and young people play a central role: to date, Children and Young People’s IAPT has been a shining example of this.
Read the full press release from the Department of Health here
For free help in involving children and young people in the design of mental health services, please contact our Very Important Kids team.