Regional Programme —

Children and Young People's Mental Health

This health equity programme aims to support the improvement of mental health of children and young people in our region.

A woman consoling a young man

Aiming to improve mental health equity for children and young people in the South West

Strong evidence to support the need in our region and in this demographic group 

Engaging with stakeholders to help shape programme design 

Detailed Programme Information

Our second Regional Health Equity Programme is focused on Mental Health Services for Young People.

There is strong evidence to support this as a priority in the South West:

  • Children’s mental health needs in the South West are higher than in any other region in England.
  • The South West has the highest hospital admissions rate in England for young people’s self-harm for ages 10-24.
  • Rurality causes barriers to accessing support, exacerbated by poverty, and other exclusion factors.
  • There is a greater proportion of children with social, emotional and mental health needs in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly than across the rest of England.
  • Children in Devon have poorer mental health outcomes and higher hospital admissions than the national average, particularly in disadvantaged groups.
South West AHSN’s Young People’s Mental Health Survey

The South West AHSN is keen to hear where you think further focus is required across health and care to support work to tackle gaps in health equity, including in the area of young people’s mental health. 

Hearing from young people, families and those that work with them in the health and care sector will be vital to us designing a programme that has an impact for young people, parents, communities, and practitioners. Take the short survey here.

For more information about this programme, please contact Charlotte Burrows.

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