Last month a collaborative of 75 organisations including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, police forces, voluntary sector organisations, frontline charities and service user groups, presented key recommendations to the government for improving and delivering high-quality mental health crisis care.
Within their report, the Positive Practice in Mental Health (PPiMH) collaborative identified the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) crisis, liaison and intensive home treatment team in County Durham and Darlington as an example of positive practice in action.
The team were identified for their work with young people and their families during and following a mental health emergency.
Providing comprehensive mental health and risk assessment to young people in crisis, the team are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offer a range of interventions including intensive home treatment and telephone support for parents, carers, young people and professionals.
Co-produced personalised crisis care plans, multiagency working and effective transition planning were highlighted as areas of good practice within the report as was the active and ongoing involvement of young people and families in the continuous improvement of the service.
Michelle Trainer, head of CAMHS in County Durham and Darlington said: “We are proud to have been one of the first NHS Trust’s to introduce a crisis service for young people and that our innovative work has been recognised on a national level.
“Half of all mental health problems show by the age of 14. With suicide rates in people under the age of 25 increasing it is more important than ever that young people have access to appropriate crisis services and receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.
“Since the service launched in Durham and Darlington in 2014, over 2,400 young people and their families have benefitted from the support of this pioneering service and teams have been developed in other areas of the Trust including Teesside, York and North Yorkshire.
“We will continue to work closely with young people, parents, carers and partner agencies to make sure we offer a safe, responsive crisis service that meets the needs of local young people.”
Anyone who is concerned about a young person experiencing a mental health crisis can contact the service on Tel. 0191 441 5733 24.
More information is available here.