Call to do more to help young people

CPFT expert drafted in by Chief Medical Officer to write part of annual report

Call to do more to help young people
24 October 2013

A senior clinician at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has called for more to be done to help young people with mental health problems.

Dr Margaret Murphy, consultant psychiatrist at the Phoenix Centre, has also said the Government should go further to promote recovery and more emphasis needs to be placed on integrated systems to ensure that “children and young people do not fall through the net”.

Her comments have been made in the annual report by Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies.

Dame Sally invited several experts to write parts of the report and Dr Murphy co-authors a chapter entitled: “Mental health problems in children and young people” with Professor Peter Fonagy from University College London.

Dr Murphy (pictured above) said: “It was a real honour to be asked to write the chapter alongside Peter who I’ve known for many years.

“We really hope the recommendation that we make – and that Sally Davies makes overall – will be listened to by the Government and changes can be put in place.

“This report will certainly raise the profile and the issues surrounding not just mental health services for children and young people, but also children’s community services in general."

In the report overall, Dame Sally Murphy calls for more research into mental health problems in adolescents.

Her report states: “A regular survey on mental health among children and young people, including comparisons with other developed countries, should be commissioned and published annually, to improve the evidence base for meeting young people’s mental health needs.”

Dame Sally also says all children should be offered vitamin supplements to safeguard their health.

*Another senior colleague at CPFT was also involved in the Chief Medical Officer's annual report.
Dr Raphael Kelvin, consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, who also works for the University of Cambridge, provided editorial and expert input.

The full report can be read here.

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