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CHILD MENTAL HEALTH RECEIVES CASH INJECTION

July 08, 2003 2:15 PM

CHILD mental health services in Greater Glasgow are to receive an extra £1.27m over the coming year.

Part of NHS Greater Glasgow's Health Plan, the additional money will be used to help children up to the age of 15 who have mental health problems.

The extra cash comes as recent studies revealed that around 8,300 five to 15-year-olds in the Greater Glasgow area are suffering conditions ranging from mild depression to schizophrenia.

Fiona Mercer, Assistant Director for Planning at the Health Board, said: "This is year two of our four-year plan for young mental health across Glasgow.

"We have now allocated an additional £820,000 to child and adolescent community psychiatric teams that provide a range of mental health support services to young people.

"As for specialist support teams, it has been agreed that an additional £100,000 will go to those dealing with learning disabilities, an extra £100,000 will fund services for young offenders and an extra £150,000 will support young people who are looked after by the local authority."

In fact, the strategy for young people with mental health problems is split into four tiers to allow the correct individual service to be allocated to a young sufferer.

The ongoing development of mental health services in Greater Glasgow is allowing health and social care staff to deal with everything from behavioral problems in six-year-olds to teenage suicide attempts, while supporting investment in mental health promotion.

And the public has played a key role in making decisions for the year ahead. More than 100 young people, parents and teachers recently took part in public consultation. This involved varied events including discussion sessions with teenagers, workshops with parents and a week-long workshop with primary and secondary schools classes.

Mental Health employees involved hailed the feedback positive, saying that plans were welcomed wholeheartedly. A considerable amount of suggestions were given, ranging from tackling the public stigma of mental health to further expanding community-based work such as after-school care, leisure activities and young alcohol support groups.

As a result of the consultation and research, NHSGG's plans in the pipeline include the pilot of school based counselling services following child abuse or bereavement.

The needs of youths with addictions ranging from drugs to gambling will also be further reviewed in a bid to improve support and create a brighter future for Glasgow's young adults.

 

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For further information contact: Caroline Jarvie on 0141 201 4447

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • Last year's similar cash boost for children and young people's mental health in Greater Glasgow totalled £1.73million.
  • Plans on how the money is used are made by the Joint Commissioning Group, which consists of representatives of NHS Greater Glasgow, the voluntary sector and Glasgow City Council.

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