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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th June 2020.

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Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Conservative, North East Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on waiting lists for CAMHS.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There is broad consensus that there is the potential for an increase in demand for children and young people’s mental health services as a result of the effects of the pandemic. We are working with the National Health Service and a wide range of stakeholders to assess potential need over the coming weeks and months and to plan accordingly.

Mental health services are still open and working to support people with mental health issues through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Our community, talking therapies and children and young people’s services have deployed innovative digital tools to connect with people and provide ongoing support.

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