CA3.1 — Introduction and validation

Mental Heath has taken a big hit since the recent lockdowns have occured, and with more and more people affected, resources are slim in this “new world”.

Impact on Young People with Mental Health Needs

  • “About 26% of then were unable to access the mental health services. Since support groups and ‘face to face services’ were stopped.”
  • “Certain activities and routines were important coping mechanisms. Support by tele or online services was found challenging by some youth.”

Recommendation: “Certain activities and routines were important coping mechanisms. Support by tele or online services was found challenging by some youth.”

“I have been able to stay in touch with friends during the lockdown: 71% agree, 16% disagree”

“I have felt lonely or isolated during the lockdown: 87% agree, 6% disagree”

“I have coped well with the restrictions on movement. 33% agree, 43% disagree”

Coronavirus: Impact on young people with mental health needs:

“It annoys me because they are starting to open shops and restaurants for delivery and opening schools for some children but they haven’t even opened CAMHS [face-to-face] and on the news you never hear them talk about mental health or autism.”

Virtual and digital support.

A large number of young people said they were now receiving treatment on the phone or via video calls. Others were receiving digital support, through messenger services, online forums or apps.

Young people’s experiences of virtual and digital support have been very variable. Some have found that it has been valuable and experienced smooth transitions, but others have found remote treatment less effective than face-to-face support.

Many young people were uncomfortable talking about their problems while at home, because of concerns about their parents or others overhearing, while others felt it was more difficult to open up when conversations were not face to face.

We carried out a survey with 2,111 young people with a history of mental health needs. — YoungMinds

“I used to have sessions weekly with a school counsellor which stopped due to lockdown and have not started again, even though I need them just as much.”

“We are therefore calling for the urgent introduction of a ringfenced Resilience Fund for schools to use to ensure young people are given the mental health and wellbeing support they need during this academic year.”

Face to face sessions. I know they can’t be done at the moment but they only work for me

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