Mental health plans

Organisers of the transitions event Guy Richardson (far left), Lucy Wells (centre) and Sarah Walker (far right) from SHSC with several young people from the Transitions Group.

Organisers of the transitions event Guy Richardson (far left), Lucy Wells (centre) and Sarah Walker (far right) from SHSC with several young people from the Transitions Group.

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Improving mental health services for patients aged 16 to 25 was on the agenda at a special event in Sheffield.

The event, called Transitions – Moving Forward Together, was organised by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust along with patients, the city council and other organisations that work with young people.

It is hoped a website will now be launched for 16 to 25-year-olds with mental health issues.

Lucy Wells, an occupational therapist with Sheffield Health and Social Care, said: “The transition to adult mental health services has historically been a difficult one for many young people.

“Over the past five years SHSC has been involved in developing pathways and services for these young people.

“A vital part of this work has been our transitions group for people aged 16 to 25.”

She added: “Our group has been using creative ways to engage people, such as graffiti art, Facebook and music.

“There are some exciting developments coming up as the group will soon be able to take referrals from GPs and primary care rather than just mental health services, so it will be more accessible.”

Lucy said the event, at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane, helped staff to gauge the level of support available in Sheffield.

She said: “More needs to be done to prevent young people reaching the point where they need secondary mental health services.

“Ideally, we would like to see groups like ours and other interventions on offer in colleges, schools, universities, and other organisations. The event has helped us clarify what support is available in Sheffield, how to access it and what we need to do to move forward.”

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