Smart interventions for tackling mental health problems in children and young people Dr Lina Gega, Hull York Medical School and Department of Health Sciences, University of York
One in ten children and young people in the UK experience mental health problems, but research shows that over two-thirds of them will not receive an appropriate intervention at a sufficiently early stage. Specialist mental health services are struggling to meet demand and most interventions for children and young people focus on their parents.
Lina Gega and her colleagues are developing and evaluating standardised interventions that can be delivered by non-health professionals to prevent and improve mental health problems before they warrant specialist services. Their approach challenges the status quo because it promotes therapeutic interventions that put the mental health needs of children and young people at the heart of good practice beyond organisational and professional silos.