Perspectives for nurses on mental health in children and young people

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Perspectives for nurses on mental health in children and young people

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An increasing number of children and young people are accessing services for a range of mental health disorders. The risk of not addressing problems in childhood through inadequate service provision is significant. Problems not addressed in childhood can result in persistent mental health problems in adulthood. In 2015 the children and young people’s mental health and well-being taskforce was set up to tackle problems in service provision, including improving access to care and training specialists to deliver consistent care across the UK. The taskforce also aimed to promote a cohesive approach between services so that children and young people would be better supported and treated in future. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has revised and updated its guidelines to reflect recent changes in services. The government recently promised to fund £1.25 billion of improvements to Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS) by 2020-21 (NHS England 2016). Ministers have pledged to improve current service provision through education, diagnosis, treatment and early intervention.

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