Children’s Mental Health and Local Government: Prioritising Early Intervention

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One in four people will experience mental health problems at some point in their life. Adults are more mental health aware than ever before but shockingly while three-quarters of adult mental disorders are in evidence by the age of 21, three quarters of children and young people with these disorders are not detected or treated.

The impact of mental illness goes far beyond the individual experiencing the difficultly, it places an enormous strain on public services and many councils are experiencing difficulties in prioritising services and funding around mental health.

This roundtable will feature a discussion with local authority and health professional about the challenges in prioritising CAMHS and to identify practical steps and examples from areas that are working innovatively to deliver mental health services for children and adolescents. We will hear from a range of stakeholders including:

Dr Dame Jane Roberts, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Quality and Performance, NHS Islington
Dr Alistair Thomson, Consultant Paediatrician, Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Consortium Executive MindEd Programme; and
Shelley Taylor, Health Improvement Officer, Hertfordshire County Council.

The event includes a free networking lunch.