A PILOT mental health service for young people in Burton has been recommended.
In a report to a Staffordshire County Council select committee, Roger Graham, who sits on East Staffordshire Borough Council’s scrutiny committee, said the recommendation is part of a report to mental health service commissioners.
He also revealed a review had been ordered of the transitional period between adolescent and adult mental health services after a it was highlighted ‘very few’ young people complete the switch between the two services.
In the report, Mr Graham said: “In the case of young people with complex presentations, they would usually be subject to care programme arrangements and their care plan would transition to adult services.
“But, in the majority of cases, young people do not meet the access criteria for adult mental health services.
“We are currently undertaking some research into the outcomes for young people exiting child and adolescent mental health services who do not transfer to adult mental health services to establish if these young people should in fact have been transferred to adult services.”
The announcement came at the same time as the manager of a mental health service in the town raised concerns about a ‘massive gap’ in counselling services for teenagers.
Lynne Barrell, who is in charge of Burton and District Mind, said: “A counselling service would be a preventative type of treatment which would work for vulnerable people.
“It’s a concern because if teenagers are not supported in that period the chances are they will end up even more unwell further down the line.
“So there’s probably a problem brewing which needs to be addressed.”
Mrs Barrell added that she would welcome a review into counselling provision in the town to see if the concerns were justified.
She said: “I think that because of the economic climate some counselling services have been cut but I find it hard to believe that would be due to a lack of need.
“The transition from childhood to adulthood can be very difficult and there’s probably a need which isn’t being addressed.”