08 Mar 2018

In response to the Care Quality Commission’s report ‘Are we listening? Review of children and young people’s mental health services’Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London Mental Health Trust commented:

“We welcome this review into how services can work together  to make sure children and young people and their carers receive high quality mental health care when they need it.

“We already work closely with schools, families and other organisations to provide integrated care and we are committed to taking a personalised approach to the care of children and young people as we know from feedback that this is the most effective way to help them. We also support early interventions because the evidence shows that timely support and coping skills in early life can help prevent or mitigate more serious mental health conditions later on. Its been estimated that 50% of mental health issues start before age 14 so working with young people, their carers and families early on to promote positive mental health is essential.

“We support the call for everyone who works, volunteers or cares for children and young people to be trained in mental health awareness.”