Children see big improvements in local mental health services

Children and young people in East Berkshire have seen big improvements in mental health services, thanks to local NHS commissioners.

Plans to transform child and adolescent mental health services began in December 2015, and, as a result, our children and young people now have more support than ever before.

Among other new services, Kooth, offers online counselling for children and young people aged 11 to 19.

Alongside this, CAMHS transformation has funded an increase in face to face counselling provision via Youth-Line which offers face-to-face counselling for 11 to 25 year olds in Bracknell and Ascot and
No 22/Youth Talk which offer a similar counselling service for children aged 11 years and over in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead and Slough.

In addition Autism Berkshire has been funded to provide a wide range of support across East Berkshire for children and families affected by autism.

The Autism Group works in Maidenhead with teenagers and young people with autism up to age 25 years, as well as their parents and carers.

The Special Parenting group offers parenting support for children with behavioural and sleep difficulties as well as children pre and post ADHD and autism diagnosis.

An enhanced crisis support service has also been funded, which aims to provide rapid evidence based psychological support to children and young people in crisis.

CAMHS transformation has also worked with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network to deliver mental health training to over 500 teachers and health care professionals helping them to support children and young people in distress.

Dr Katie Simpson, GP mental health lead for the East Berkshire Federation of Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “It is important that children and young people have the right support if they are feeling down, anxious or stressed out. The services we have commissioned aim to promote good mental health, tackle problems early to prevent them getting worse and make it easier to get the right support when it is needed.”

For more information about these services please visit the Mental Health Services for Children & Young People Transformation Plan webpage.