In terms of preventing mental illness and promoting mental health, early intervention and prevention work is key as half of all lifetime mental health problems begin before the age of 14 years.
A 2017 summary of mental health needs of children and young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can be found here: The Mental Health of Children and Young People in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough: A Summary of Needs (1.65 MB)
To support schools to take a whole school approach to improving mental health, a document detailing local authority support has been produced: Local Authority Support for Whole School Approach (744.95 KB)
This new young people's mental health website, www.keep-your-head.com, provides information for young people, parents/carers and professionals on young people’s mental health – ranging from self-help to information on services. The website has been developed in conjunction with young people and they have played a particularly key role in developing the name, content and the images on the site (most of which were produced by Cambridge Regional College photography students).
The website has been funded by the CCG with support from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. In addition many local organisations working with young people have also contributed to the development of the site. The website will continue to evolve in response to feedback, and there will be wider promotion through posters and flyers in coming weeks. Please promote this as widely as possible among your networks, and where possible include a link to this from your own website.
Further information on sources of support for children and young people’s mental health:
A series of videostreams on children and young people's mental health are available