Mental Health Services: Young People

Department of Health written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve mental health services for teenagers.

Photo of Lord Prior of Brampton Lord Prior of Brampton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health

This Government is committed to improving mental health services for teenagers as part of our focus on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The Department is working with NHS England and other partners to drive forward system wide, sustainable transformation to improve the support offered to children and young people.

We are already making progress in a number of areas including:

- the extension and expansion of the children and young people’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme;

- the commissioning of a new prevalence survey on mental health problems in children and young people; and

- joint training and piloting of staff in schools and local mental health services to strengthen the mental health support and advice available in schools.

In addition, NHS England is leading work to develop new access and waiting time standards for eating disorder services.

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