Mental Health Services
Health service planning and delivery is critically dependent upon good evidence, and the findings from the 11 to 16/16+ study have been important in guiding both local and national mental health policies and service provision in Scotland for children and young people. In addition to good epidemiological data, it has been increasingly recognized that the views of service users are important drivers for service provision and development.
A PhD study of 41 teenagers, who had used child and adolescent mental health services, looked in depth at their views of the services provided for them. It found that, while most teenagers were happy with the quality of services provided by the clinic staff themselves, nearly all were deeply unhappy with the difficulties they encountered in accessing these specialist services. Barriers included the perceived stigma of attending a psychiatric service, the lack of information about what would happen, and the long waiting time before they could be seen there.
Barbour R, Bryce G, Connelly G, Furnivall J, Lewins A, Lockhart E, Phin L, Stallard A, van Beinum M, Wilson P. Only connect: addressing the emotional needs of Scotland's children and young people: a report on the SNAP Child and Adolescent Mental Health phase two survey. Edinburgh, 2006
Young R, Sweeting H, West P. Prevalence of deliberate self harm and attempted suicide within contemporary Goth youth subculture: longitudinal cohort study. BMJ 2006;332:1058-1061pubmed open access
van Beinum M. Teenage user perspectives of adolescent psychiatry outpatient services [PhD], Medical Faculty 2003.