The government has asked us to work out what needs to be done to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Growing up is meant to be one of the very best times in anyone’s life but it can also be tough. There are many pressures and some young people, such as children in care and those leaving care, are exposed to situations and experiences that can make them particularly vulnerable.
Experiencing mental health concerns is not unusual. At least one in four of the population experience problems at some point in their lives. Over half of the mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 and seventy-five per cent by age 18.
Although mental health issues are relatively common, it is often the case that children and young people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should. As a result, mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct disorders and eating disorders can stop some young people achieving what they want in life and making a full contribution to society.
We have been working very closely with children, young people, families and providers of services across Derbyshire County and Derby City to plan how children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing could best be supported to give them the best start in life.
We pledge to be clear about how resources are being used, ensuring we work in partnership with young people, children, their families and providers to make good investment decisions.