New mental health service for city teens

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A new mental health service aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds has been launched in Sheffield.

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group has developed the service to improve access and treatment for young people who are experiencing mental health illness and problems.

It is an extension of the existing mental health services for children and young people.

The service has been launched to meet the need for continued mental health services for young people as they move from children’s to adult service provision.

Local GP and GP Champion for Mental Health for the CCG, Dr Karen O’Connor, said: “The launch of this new service is a welcome and much needed addition to the existing range of mental health services that are already available.

“It will significantly improve the mental health services available for 16-17 year olds as they make the transition from being children to adults.

“We have been working hard with our partners to develop the right services which will improve the treatments available for young people.

“We are fully committed to ensuring that everyone in the city, regardless of their age is able to access the right mental health care, and this development will help us to achieve that goal.”

The new service will be reviewed after six months following a monitoring period and detailed evaluation.

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