More than 5,500 youngsters in Southampton suffering from mental illness

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MORE than 5,000 youngsters are suffering from mental illness in Southampton, new figures reveal today.

A joint council-NHS study showed that 5,500 children aged five to 16 and living in the city are struggling with disorders ranging from depression to schizophrenia.

And now Southampton City Council has been handed a huge boost in its efforts to protect at-risk youths from developing similar problems.

The city council is the first authority in the south to receive £500,000 funding for a one-year project to safeguard 10-to-14-year-olds.

And if successful it could lead to a £10m deal for a five-year project.

Southampton was targeted for the Big Lottery Fund ‘HeadStart’ scheme after the Public Health Southampton assessment revealed the full extent of the problems.

And those illnesses are having a major impact as Southampton hospital admissions for self harm are higher than the national average.

The HeadStart funding is part of a £75m national scheme spread across 12 cities in England.

It came after a YouGov national survey revealed 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress, with 59 per cent saying they feel worried or sad at least once a week.

And according to the survey just 25 per cent of children who need mental health treatment actually receive it and usually not until age 18.

The partners will go into three city secondary schools – Cantell, Redbridge and Chamberlayne - for lessons on how to tackle stigma around mental health.

They will also work with feeder Polygon and Compass primary schools to make transition between primary and secondary smoother.

Other measures include peer mentoring schemes and mental health ‘first aid’ training to spot early signs of problems developing.

Ruth Evans, headteacher at Cantell, said: "The HeadStart project provides a fantastic opportunity for schools to be part of a city wide initiative to build young peoples' emotional resilience.

"We are very excited to have been chosen as a lead school, developing a programme of additional care and support for students who may be anxious about the transition from primary to secondary school.”

Ewan Scott, headteacher at Chamberlayne, added: “We are hoping this will give us the tools to help our children and their families settle into their school life and classes on a day-by-day basis and feel happier about themselves.”

Partners in HeadStart include Southampton Voluntary Services, Solent NHS Trust, the University of Southampton, counselling charity No Limits and the Saints Foundation.

David Collins, acting Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service manager at Solent and clinical lead for the HeadStart project, added it would be a huge boost for the city.

He said: “Early recognition of problems and timely help will mean that children and young people can be supported at school and in the community and so help to avoid admission to the city’s CAMHS services.”

The project will be rolled out in September for the start of the autumn term in schools.

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7:41am Fri 11 Jul 14

iankenken says...

Too little, too late. I wanted to start a service for schools, the students and their parents in the area ten years ago and no-one was interested. I guess it's a start. Angry that it's taken so long for mental health issues in young people to come to the forefront of people's minds.
Too little, too late. I wanted to start a service for schools, the students and their parents in the area ten years ago and no-one was interested. I guess it's a start. Angry that it's taken so long for mental health issues in young people to come to the forefront of people's minds. iankenken
  • Score: 5

8:30am Fri 11 Jul 14

Crazywolf says...

How many youngsters are there in the city? this number, if true, is a local disaster!
How many youngsters are there in the city? this number, if true, is a local disaster! Crazywolf
  • Score: 12

8:52am Fri 11 Jul 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

and 50000 adults !!!!
and 50000 adults !!!! SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: -19

9:34am Fri 11 Jul 14

St Van Roetford says...

Most of them post on here.
Most of them post on here. St Van Roetford
  • Score: -15

9:50am Fri 11 Jul 14

Hampshire Corn and Bread says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
Most of them post on here.
Not bad, I was expecting the first comment to be an uninformed puerile response.
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: Most of them post on here.[/p][/quote]Not bad, I was expecting the first comment to be an uninformed puerile response. Hampshire Corn and Bread
  • Score: 7

10:20am Fri 11 Jul 14

forest hump says...

Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.
Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor. forest hump
  • Score: 1

11:30am Fri 11 Jul 14

shirlski says...

The pressures on children these days must be a contributing factor. The pressure to succeed academically or risk winding up on the scrap heap. The pressures from technology that promotes a constant connection with their peers 24/7 and the need to be in with the in crowd. Individuality and difference is not considered cool, and so if you are then life can be very hard. Modern society doesn't let children be children, adult aspirations are expected of them at an ever earlier age.
The pressures on children these days must be a contributing factor. The pressure to succeed academically or risk winding up on the scrap heap. The pressures from technology that promotes a constant connection with their peers 24/7 and the need to be in with the in crowd. Individuality and difference is not considered cool, and so if you are then life can be very hard. Modern society doesn't let children be children, adult aspirations are expected of them at an ever earlier age. shirlski
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Fri 11 Jul 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

forest hump wrote:
Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.
Unusual to be both tired and lazy. I'd suggest poverty is strongly linked.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.[/p][/quote]Unusual to be both tired and lazy. I'd suggest poverty is strongly linked. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: -3

1:32pm Fri 11 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

I feel we need to look more into these figures. Mental Health covers a broad spectrum.

In recent years more are being diagnosed with Mental Health issues than say 20 years ago because times have changed and the 'Mental Health' name is now banded around too easily.

A classic example is naughty children seem to have ADHD, yet this was almost unheard of years ago.

I will end by saying more money does need to be ploughed into Mental Health Services.
I feel we need to look more into these figures. Mental Health covers a broad spectrum. In recent years more are being diagnosed with Mental Health issues than say 20 years ago because times have changed and the 'Mental Health' name is now banded around too easily. A classic example is naughty children seem to have ADHD, yet this was almost unheard of years ago. I will end by saying more money does need to be ploughed into Mental Health Services. IronLady2010
  • Score: -1

2:43pm Fri 11 Jul 14

newjerseychick says...

You state that 5,500 5-16 year olds have mental health issues yet this money is only going to help 10-14 year olds? .

“Early recognition of problems and timely help will mean that children and young people can be supported at school and in the community and so help to avoid admission to the city’s CAMHS services.”

Surely early intervention is the answer?
You state that 5,500 5-16 year olds have mental health issues yet this money is only going to help 10-14 year olds? . “Early recognition of problems and timely help will mean that children and young people can be supported at school and in the community and so help to avoid admission to the city’s CAMHS services.” Surely early intervention is the answer? newjerseychick
  • Score: 2

12:41am Sat 12 Jul 14

saint robbie says...

What a load of sh@t. I come under new forest CAHMS and for the past 5 years have been begging for help with my son, but apparently there are more important cases and new forest CAHMS don't have the funding or staff to help? So we will only receive assistance when things get worse?
What a load of sh@t. I come under new forest CAHMS and for the past 5 years have been begging for help with my son, but apparently there are more important cases and new forest CAHMS don't have the funding or staff to help? So we will only receive assistance when things get worse? saint robbie
  • Score: 0

12:43am Sat 12 Jul 14

saint robbie says...

forest hump wrote:
Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.
You haven't got a clue.
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.[/p][/quote]You haven't got a clue. saint robbie
  • Score: 7

7:53am Sat 12 Jul 14

IanUnite says...

forest hump wrote:
Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.
He gets out the biggest broom he could find to make the most unqualified irrelevant statement of the day. Well done
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.[/p][/quote]He gets out the biggest broom he could find to make the most unqualified irrelevant statement of the day. Well done IanUnite
  • Score: 8

8:21pm Sat 12 Jul 14

forest hump says...

IanUnite wrote:
forest hump wrote:
Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.
He gets out the biggest broom he could find to make the most unqualified irrelevant statement of the day. Well done
Tell me why it is irrelevant?
[quote][p][bold]IanUnite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: Tired, lazy parents are a major contributor.[/p][/quote]He gets out the biggest broom he could find to make the most unqualified irrelevant statement of the day. Well done[/p][/quote]Tell me why it is irrelevant? forest hump
  • Score: 0

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