Mental Health Pilot for 14 to 19s.

Teenagers in Cambridge are going to be given extra help with mental health problems, as part of a pilot scheme to make sure they don't get lost in the gap between Children's and Adult Services.

The NHS will work with 14 to 19 year olds in new ways using walk in centres and even text messages to reach out and give help.

They'll be working with GPs on things like depression as well as self harm and eating disorders that often affect people during their teens.

John Ellis is head of Mental Health Commissioning at NHS Cambridgeshire and says "There's some stigma about this kind of things with young people reluctant to talk about things, and there is a gap in the service with GP's often having nowhere to refer young people onto for specialist treatment."

He says trusts across the country will be keeping a close eye on the trial with many seeing this as a chance to sort out problems at the start rather than let them spread into adulthood and get worse.

"It's much better to invest in this age group than let them get worse, and there are a lot of other people involved in this including schools, drug and alcohol services. In the long run, this could save a lot of public services a lot of problems and money including the education services, the criminal justice system as well as the health service."

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