'Young People Being Denied Access to Mental Health Support Online'

According to the Huffington Post, the new internet filters introduced by David Cameron not only block pornographic and extremist websites but are also preventing access to websites on mental health, LGBT support, contraception, domestic violence and more.

As reported by the New Statesman, websites such as ChildLine, Refuge, mental health site Minds Like Ours and many more are blocked by the new filters, meaning many young people who rely on support from these websites may have to request that their parents remove the filter or 'suffer in silence'.

Read the latest Ofcom report on internet safety measures here.

CYP Now launches Youth Worker Identity survey

CYP Now is seeking the views of youth work practitioners to gain a better picture of how youth workers see themselves today. The Youth Worker Identity Survey aims to gather the views of youth workers across England that are employed or volunteer, whether in the public, voluntary or private sectors.

The survey will close on Monday 20 January 2014.

Find out more here.

Mental health crisis for LGBTQ young people charity warns

Media release: 13 January 2014

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people face high levels of discrimination and disadvantage and are suffering much higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts according to the results of the Youth Chances survey of 16-25 year olds published today by equality and diversity charity METRO.

Read the full press release here.

Find out more about this research here.

CYP Now: Councils 'overlook' children's mental health needs

CYP Now has reported on "Overlooked and Forgotten", a report by the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition.  The report finds that only 33 per cent of health and wellbeing boards have included a specific section addressing young people's mental healt in their joint strategic needs assessments. Instead, the majority have scattered mental health data throughout the document, making it more likely to be overlooked by professionals wanting to base service provision on it.

Read the full article here.


Young Minds: One in ten paying for private treatment for CBT due to long waiting lists

According to charity Young Minds, people with mental health problems may feel forced to pay privately to receive talking therapies as a result of long waiting lists on the NHS. This comes from a survey by the 'We Need to Talk' coalition, of which Young Minds is a member.

The 'We Need to Talk' coalition is calling for the NHS in England to offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.

Read the full article here.

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New toolkit to improve mental health services for adults with learning disabilities and autism

NDTIThe National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) has developed practical new materials designed to help improve the quality of mental health services for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism - the Green Light Toolkit 2013. The Toolkit includes:

  • An audit framework to support reviews
  • An 'easy-read' version of the audit framework and toolkit
  • A database of examples of reasonable adjustments made by services, as a resource for people seeking to innovate and share learning.

Click here for further information.

HSJ: Staying safe in an age of austerity

According to the Health Service Joural (HSJ), ensuring that services are built round people with mental health difficulties has always been a challenge for the NHS, and never more so than when financial pressures make developing new services difficult.

Some enterprising mental health trusts are pushing forward with improvements and innovative services, including new ways of working, improving the level of care available in a crisis, and using online and social media to reach children and adolescents.

Read the full article here.