Youth Talk is a well- established charity, which provides talking treatment to young people between 13 and 25 years in and around St Albans.
Charities are helping fill the gap in many areas of health and social care, and this was the reason Youth Talk was set up by a local GP in 1997 who recognised a growing need.
Following a major review in 2015, funding was secured to improve CAMHS between 2015 and 2020 to help the one child in 10 who suffers with a diagnosable mental health problem in Hertfordshire.
MP Anne Main has been contacted by distraught caregivers: “I understand the frustration parents have when dealing with CAMHS. When they’ve contacted me and I’ve looked at their personal cases, it’s clear that communication between schools, parents and the health support team aren’t good enough.
“We need to get rid of this silo mentality and stop this revolving door of form-filling and bureaucracy that often gets in the way of providing a good service.”