Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

New mental health service for South Yorkshire mums

New mental health service for South Yorkshire mums

At any given time, one in five Canadians is dealing with mental-health issues, and if we go family-by-family, nearly everyone experiences mental illness some time.

Foundry North Shore, a Vancouver Coastal Health-operated facility that's comprised of more than 15 existing social programs and services all operating under one roof in Lower Lonsdale, officially opened its doors in September.

"I think youth are still navigating their way through life and understanding who they are, what their needs are and everything else". This means that schools are finding it very hard to get children the support they need'.

May 7-13 is the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week, a national endeavour to spread the message that mental health relates to more than just mental illness - and share the notion that everyone deserves to feel well regardless of their experience with mental health.

The downtown facility is expected to expand access to supports and feature an innovative Recovery College, offering a range of courses collaborated on by people who have experience with mental health or substance use challenges. "You're not alone in this'". Children and young people in the poorest households are three times more likely to have a mental health problem than those growing up in better-off homes.

"The Green Paper also fails to adequately address the most important issue beyond the school gates, which is the lack of capacity in local NHS services for students with serious mental health problems". But our report out today from the Education and Health and Social Care Committees says its strategy lacks ambition.

The 9,000-square-foot Foundry facility is located at 211 West First St.


Director of policy and campaigns at Action for Children, Imran Hussain, said, 'Like everyone else, MPs are disturbed that for all the talk of early intervention, early years settings are invisible in the Government's plans.

Social emotional learning, empathy, resilience and supportive, nurturing relationships are all essential pieces of promoting a child's mental well-being and reducing mental health risk.

David Hughes, AoC chief executive, added: "We welcome the way in which the Green Paper is highlighting the importance of education in supporting young people with mental health difficulties".

'While the Government's vision recognises that prevention is better than cure, the focus on early years in this Green Paper is not almost strong enough. We want the Government to urgently bring forward new funding and to strengthen its plans to improve provision so that all children get the help they need'.

"The Government's plans do little to improve support for the most vulnerable groups of children, including those affected by sexual abuse and neglect, domestic violence and drug and alcohol misuse, those excluded from school and refugee children".

"We agree that every young person should be able to access mental health support - however we need to ensure we get this right, which is why we will pilot this approach to make sure services are correct".

The committees have called for the government to commit to a full assessment of the current transition arrangements between child and adult mental health services, proposing 25 as a more appropriate age.

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