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New proposed changes to mental health services for children & Young People

Posted by Fran Russo on 4 February 2020

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What is the Mental Health Services Re-model?

As part of the Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Transformation Plan 2020, the East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are undergoing some radical changes to Children and Young People's Mental Health Services (CAMHS), for East and West Suffolk.

They are transforming support available to young people experiencing emotional wellbeing difficulties.

Note - These changes do not cover Waveney and Lowestoft as mental health services in these areas are covered by the Norfolk and Waveney CCG

The East and West NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are re-modelling the whole current framework of mental health services and are looking at:

  • how to improve services
  • what is and isn't working well
  • better access to services
  • better ways of working with young people

Changes to services are being made now, and over the next 10 years.

What changes have been happening so far to improve mental health services for young people?

The following changes have happened:

  • The Emotional Wellbeing Hub was set up to support young people, families and professionals.
  • Kooth free online counselling service was launched throughout Suffolk, and was extended earlier this year to support young people up to the age of 25.
  • New 111 option 2 children and young people's Crisis Outreach Service model is being implemented. 

Watch this video about the changes to children and young people's mental health services

The below Youtube video called 'New Young People's New Mental Health Model', shares young people's own experiences of mental healthcare in east and west Suffolk.

The young people help explain what plans are being made by Suffolk County Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve mental health support services for young people in Suffolk.

What is happening next?

You may have heard us talking about #AVeryDifferentConversation!

This hashtag is being used by the East and West CCG to gather feedback from children, young people and families as well as staff working within organisations about their proposed re-model plans for mental health services and how they could be better.

Find out what is happening next, go to the West Suffolk CCG website

You can email your questions about the new plans to: wsh-tr.mhprogrammeteam@nhs.net use email subject 'AVeryDifferentConversation'

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