NHS launches new mental health service for young people in west London

NHS Trusts in North West London have launched a new patient-centred model of care to help the increasing numbers of young people requiring urgent mental health care.

Covid-19 has caused a steep rise in numbers of young people with mental health issues. According to the NHS, one in six young people aged five to 16 are likely to have a mental health problem, 75% of whom do not receive the care they need. Up to 67% of young people believe Covid will have a long-term negative impact on their mental health and 39% of those have reported suicidal thoughts throughout the pandemic.

Hoping to tackle this, three NHS Trusts in London – Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and West London NHS Trust, have come together and other local and national partners to create ‘a transformative new approach’ called Best For You.

Best For You will combine ‘specialist medical and mental health care integrated with community services for the first time, and digital tools to provide comprehensive, rapid and long-term care in a way that best meets the needs of the individual and their family in London’.

Every element of Best For You, including the new digital platform, is being developed in collaboration with young people and their families.

What will Best For You provide?

The first phase of the service is the launch a the new website, which acts as an online port of call for young people and families looking for mental health support.

It has clinically-approved information about mental health conditions as well as offering help with accessing services and support. Crisis information is available including a dedicated text support service that is free, confidential and accessible 24/7. There is also peer support that aims to connect with, and inspire young people encouraging them not to feel afraid about seeking support and  advice on how to find the help they need.

Day services will be launched next year to provide a space for young people and their families to get immediate mental health support without needing an appointment, including outpatient clinical care, therapies and family support. ‘The day services will connect with the in-patient service and community services to ensure patient experience is not fragmented but instead joined-up and available long-term to support recovery and ongoing wellbeing’.

The service aims to bridge the gap between the clinical and community setting by providing community services. Partnerships with the private sector, schools, community groups, crisis services and digital services ‘will ensure comprehensive and personalised care is optimised and available for as long as required’.

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