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Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Healthcare Needs Assessment

In order to ensure that all partners across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are commissioning and/or providing services based on needs, in 2013 a health needs assessment was undertaken.

The aim of the needs assessment was to assess the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs for 0-17 year olds in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and provide recommendations for commissioners to inform local service development, future commissioning of services and future emotional well-being strategy for young people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

The priorities identified in the needs assessment have formed the basis for a strategy. 

A consultation event took place on 24 April 2013 on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people needs assessment and emerging priorities. If you would like copies of the presention materrials, please email kccg.contactus@nhs.net.

Future in Mind

Future in Mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is the Government’s vision for transforming child and adolescent mental health services. 

At least one in four of the population experience mental health problems at some point in their lives, and over half of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 and seventy-five per cent by age 18. 

Although mental health issues are relatively common, it is often the case that children and young people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should. As a result, mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct disorders and eating disorders can stop some young people achieving what they want in life and making a full contribution to society. 

Future in Mind recommends a whole child and family approach, promoting good mental health from conception and throughout life. It identified that better use of the voluntary and digital services was needed; with a simpler system, breaking down the barriers which existing “tiers” of service created; and the need to embrace innovative practices in this country and abroad. 

Future in Mind (FIM) was developed by the national Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force and published in 2015. You can read the full report from the Task Force here.