Antidepressants and Suicide

Article today in the Telegraph about how antidepressants increases risk of suicide in young people, the article is most definitely worth a read.

A New Vision for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

                   A Commission to improve mental healthcare provision for children and young people has been launched with a New Vision for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The Commission is sponsored by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, along with Young Minds and the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.

The mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK has never been of greater concern and the Commission, which is chaired by Baroness Claire Tyler, will look at what really matters to the children and young people who depend upon the current Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) system.

A value-based approach supports decision making through good process.  Employing such an approach, involving the young people themselves and their parents and carers, along with referrers and partner agencies, CAMH service providers, commissioners and managers, the Commission will research and report what is really needed  and how to deliver it.   Final recommendations will include:

Recommendations for service providers, commissioners and managers on improvements to the  current service, based on updated core values

Recommendations training requirements for service providers, commissioners and managers

Recommendations for the education and training of CAMHS staff

Recommendations for key UK health organisations including Department of Health, NHS England and the devolved assemblies’ Health Services and Departments of Health. For further details, visit:


Bullying hinders positive youth development for sexual-minority youth

When compared with their heterosexual peers, sexual-minority youth score lower on key indicators of positive youth development–and those disparities may be due in part to more bullying of these adolescents, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers have found.

  “This research quantifies how bullying hinders sexual-minority youths’ access to the essential building blocks of health and well-being,” said lead author Robert W.S. Coulter, M.P.H., a doctoral student in Pitt Public Health’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. “Anti-bullying policies at schools are necessary but insufficient. Multifaceted interventions in all arenas, including schools, families and communities, should focus on building more accepting and supportive environments for sexual-minority youth. The findings, funded partly by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are published online and scheduled for an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health. University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences     

Improving outcomes for people in mental health crisis: a rapid synthesis of the evidence for available models of care (01/16)

 Crisis Concordat was established to improve outcomes for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The Crisis Concordat sets out four stages of the crisis care pathway: (1) access to support before crisis point; (2) urgent and emergency access to crisis care; (3) quality treatment and care in crisis; and (4) promoting recovery. The objectives of the research were to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the models of care for improving outcomes at each stage of the care pathway.  The results are published in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library.


Dementia Intelligence Network: Launch of the Dementia Profile

The National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network (NMHDNIN) have announced the launch of the dementia profile and data catalogue.

 The dementia profile gives commissioners, local decision makers and health professionals access to local data and intelligence across the whole pathway of dementia care; from prevalence and diagnosis through to end of life. It will enable local teams to transparently compare themselves against other areas in England, or those with similar demographics.

The profile hosts data for six key domains: prevalence, preventing well, diagnosing well, living well, supporting well, and dying well.

 Accompanying the dementia profile is a data catalogue, which lists and grades all of the dementia data that the DIN is currently aware of or has had requests for. The data catalogue is the first step in ensuring all gaps in dementia data are filled, and aims to stimulate conversation across organisations and promote joint working to make more data available for potential inclusion within the dementia profile.

Using data to improve dementia care in England

Source: Public Health & Social Care Bulletin/15.1.16


The Prince’s Trust

This is an amazing opportunity for any young person who is NEET to get engaged with the Prince’s Trust and gain employment in the catering/hospitality industry.

If you have a young person you would like to refer please fill out the attached form and send it back to  Dominic John (see flyer) asap.

Princes trust get cooking

Key Dates for the course

Taster Day: 23rd February

Course Runs: 29th February-4th March

 The Course is taking place in Oval at our centre, SW9 6EJ.

 We pay travel and lunch for all young people.

Prince’s Trust Get Started with Cooking Feb 2016

Prince’s Trust – Ref Form


Non judgemental…

Check out the new films by Time to Change for the new campaign launched by the Department of Health aimed at 14-18 year olds and their parents. Spoken word artist Suli Breaks performs on the need for understanding when it comes to problems with mental health, whilst a conversation between a father and daughter shows the importance of being ready to talk with your family.