Mental Health & Wellbeing

Future in Mind 

Our vision for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

The government has asked us to work out what needs to be done to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Growing up is meant to be one of the very best times in anyone’s life but it can also be tough. There are many pressures and some young people, such as children in care and those leaving care, are exposed to situations and experiences that can make them particularly vulnerable.

Experiencing mental health concerns is not unusual. At least one in four of the population experience problems at some point in their lives. Over half of the mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 and seventy-five per cent by age 18.

Although mental health issues are relatively common, it is often the case that children and young people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should. As a result, mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct disorders and eating disorders can stop some young people achieving what they want in life and making a full contribution to society.

We have been working very closely with children, young people, families and providers of services across Derbyshire County and Derby City to plan how children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing could best be supported to give them the best start in life.

We pledge to be clear about how resources are being used, ensuring we work in partnership with young people, children, their families and providers to make good investment decisions.

Find out more

You can find out more in the related documents below:

New - Future in Mind Newsletter (FIM)

FIM is a national programme to enhance support for Children and Young People’s mental health and wellbeing.

November 2017

Neuro Development Pathway

Referrals onto the neurodevelopmental pathway are assessed by a multi-agency team as part of the Children's Services Single Point of Access (SPOA).  You will find additional resources on Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website. Information including:

  • Neurodevelopment Pathway

  • The Journey Plan

  • Glossary

Referrals are accepted from health, social care, educational or third sector professionals. To make a referral, please download and complete from Derbyshire Healthcare website supplying as much information as possible so that that the assessment is carried out by the most appropriate professional(s). Referrals will not be processed without the completed questionnaires.

Returning the completed forms
The completed forms can be submitted by:

Post: Single Point of Access, Temple House, Mill Hill Lane, Derby DE23 6SA
Fax: 01332 293 316

If you need to discuss a new or existing referral, the SPOA Administrator can be contacted on 0300 7900 264.

Last modified: 02/07/2019