Children and young people’s mental health is one of the most pressing issues we face today. Yet, we know that for too long, children and young people have been struggling to get help with their mental health at an early stage.
Now more than ever, children and young people need mental health support designed for them, that they can access easily and quickly in their local area.
That’s why we are working with YoungMinds, Youth Access, The Children’s Society, Centre for Mental Health and Mind to jointly call for a network of hubs providing early mental health support across the country.
What are early support hubs?
Early support hubs are designed to offer easy-to-access, drop in support on a self-referral basis for young people with mental health needs. These hubs are non-stigmatising and provide a flexible approach to mental health support. They are based in the community and can be delivered by the NHS, local authorities, or through the voluntary sector.
A mix of clinical staff, qualified counsellors, youth workers and volunteers provide a range of support on issues related to wellbeing. The hubs can also offer a range of services that are co-located under one roof; offering wrap-around support across, for example, psychological therapies, housing advice, youth services, employment support and sexual health.
Hubs already exist in some areas of the country through the Youth Access ‘Youth Information, Advice Counselling and Service (YIACS) service model and we want to build on these successful examples.