Mental Health Service Models for Young People

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, October 2017

This POSTnote describes some of the new models of Children and Young People Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) and examines the challenges to their effective implementation.

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Struggling to cope: mental health staff and services under pressure

UNISON, October 2017

This report by UNISON suggests that reduced funding to mental health services across the UK is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed.  The report is the result of a survey of over 1,000 mental health employees across the UK, who work in a range of roles – with children and adults in hospitals, in secure units and out in the community.

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Mental ill-health among children of the new century

UCL Institute of Education, September 2017

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study. At ages 3, 5, 7, 11 and 14, parents reported on their children’s mental health. Then, when they reached 14, the children were themselves asked questions about their depressive symptoms. a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14.

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Antidepressant use during pregnancy and psychiatric disorders in offspring: Danish nationwide register based cohort study

BMJ 2017;358:j3668

This population based cohort study aims to investigate the association between in utero exposure to antidepressants and risk of psychiatric disorders.  905 383 liveborn singletons born during 1998-2012 in Denmark were followed from birth until July 2014, death, emigration, or date of first psychiatric diagnosis, whichever came first. The children were followed for a maximum of 16.5 years and contributed 8.1×106 person years at risk. The study concludes that in utero exposure to antidepressants was associated with increased risk of psychiatric disorders. The association may be attributable to the severity of underlying maternal disorders in combination with antidepressant exposure in utero. The findings suggest that focusing solely on a single psychiatric disorder among offspring in studies of in utero antidepressant exposure may be too restrictive.

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Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK’s universities

IPPR, September 2017

This report finds that levels of mental illness, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in higher education in the UK are increasing, and are high relative to other sections of the population. The report calls for universities to make the issue a strategic priority and adopt a ‘whole-university’ approach based on prevention and promotion, early intervention and low-level support, responding to risk and crisis management, and referral into care and treatment.

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