Good mental health during early years and childhood has a great bearing on health throughout life. By contrast, poor mental health can cast a long shadow. Consequences may include depression, self-harm, and poor physical health.
Services recognise this. They aim to provide access to support in a timely and suitable way. A national target has been set, namely that 35% of children and young people with diagnosable needs should be able to access the necessary services.
But there is some way to go. There has been an increasing focus on young people’s mental health, which appears to be poor relative to comparable nations and the recent past.
So, to gain a clearer sense of need, and patterns of access to services, the Strategy Unit has undertaken specific analysis for the 11 Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in the Midlands.
This is another significant analytical project for the Midlands Decision Support Network. The ICS have further evidence to understand and address the problems in their area.