SCIE media statement

Mental health service transitions for young people

10 May 2011

Before, I was all over the place. I had a lot of anxiety problems and stress... the support I received helped me combat these problems and build my confidence”

(19-25 programme participant, Uthink – a third sector recovery learning programme for 14-25 year olds)

Young people often face problems when moving from mental health services for children and adolescents to adult mental health services.  The negative impact of an unsuccessful mental health transition can also affect parents and carers, having implications for the whole family. 

A new research briefing from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has identified some of the recurrent problems. These include:

The briefing identifies that young people and their family and carers want to be taken seriously; they want to be able to actively participate in every aspect of the transition process.

Amanda Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive at SCIE says:

A key recommendation within the research briefing is that young people must have consistent support and participate in the process at this important stage of transition in their lives.  We do not want young people ceasing to use a mental health service only to see them return when crisis occurs

SCIE has also identified practice case studies showing how services can innovate to improve service transitions.  One parent of a young person involved with the Central Norfolk Early Intervention in Psychosis team, talks about the importance of involving the whole family in the transition process and the difference it can make:

Our case manager was accessible and willing to take time to listen. By engaging with the whole family I am sure she built up a more accurate view of our daughter’s whole life, and could capitalise on her strengths

Mental health service transitions for young people and the practice case studies are available on the SCIE website now.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk