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VIDEO: Mental health service for children and young people recognised with national award

An out of hours mental health support service for 11-18 year olds in Surrey has been honoured at the first ever Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) Positive Practice Awards. 

Pictured from L to R – Christine Gee, Samantha Heighes, Georgia Jesty and Nicola Sharp from the Extended Hope service

The Extended Hope service provides out of hours telephone support seven days per week for young people experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis, along with two respite beds for short overnight stays.

It is is managed by Surrey County Council working with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and funded by  the county council and local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The service was set up following a successful bid for an innovation grant from the Department for Education. Click here for the full media release.

Clare Curran, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, said: “This national recognition is richly deserved.

“Not only does this ground-breaking service reduce the need for young people to be admitted to hospital, it also keeps them close to their families and helps ensure stable placements for children in care. It shows how organisations can work together for Surrey’s young people – by joining forces with health services, we can tailor the right support for their needs at times of emotional crisis and provide a service that is both effective for them and cost effective for the system.”

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