A ground-breaking early intervention service in Birmingham to offer mental health services for young people, 0-25 years

West MidlandsMental Health
Published Date: 1 Jul 2015

A ground-breaking early intervention service in Birmingham to offer mental health services for young people, 0-25 years

Background

Mental health disorder can start at an early age and can have lifetime consequences. A number of mental health illnesses can continue into adult life unless treated effectively. The clinical evidence suggests that half of all lifetime mental health illness begins by the age of 14 and three quarters by age 25 (with the exception of dementia).(1-3) In parallel, referral rates to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have significantly increased in recent years.

Research Findings & Evidence

Findings from Professor Swaran Singh of the CLAHRC research group showed significant numbers of young people being ‘lost’ and becoming ‘disengaged’ at the period of transition between child (0-16) and adult mental health services (16+) when they are actually at their most vulnerable.(1, 2) The research group also showed that ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) rates where highest in the 16-24 age group in the Birmingham population, especially among BME groups.