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In 2016 the then health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, declared child mental health services the “biggest single area of weakness” in the NHS. He might have added that it is also vastly underfunded. The mental health of children and young people accounts for less than 1% of all NHS spending.
Recovery colleges take an educational rather than a clinical or rehabilitation approach to improving mental health. Following an interesting and successful workshop at the CLAHRC Oxford Stakeholder Symposium in June, we asked Laura Dennis, Head of the Oxfordshire Recovery College, to give us some insight into how recovery colleges support their students on their recovery journey.
General Mental health
What is adolescence and why does behaviour change so much during adolescence ? How does it affect mental health and what do we know about that? What are we doing to help younger people with mental health problems? This is a write up from a short public talk for Oxfordshire Science Festival covering these questions.