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Town MP pays tribute to ‘fantastic’ local youth charity

Posted: Feb 13, 2022 11:09 AM
MP Stephen Morgan has paid tribute to local charity ‘Off the Record’, which provides counseling services to 11-16 year olds in Portsmouth, as the city celebrates Children’s Mental Health Week.

Children’s Mental Health Week aims to highlight the importance of child and youth mental health, with this year’s focus on ‘growing together’.

Off the Record (OTR) offers 1 initial clinical assessment plus 6 weekly 1-2-1 counseling sessions, which are delivered via a choice of face-to-face in person at the OTR Center in Leigh Park, or online via Zoom or more. phone. While on the waiting list, youth receive weekly calls from its volunteer teams.

However, according to the latest report from the Children’s Commissioner, children’s access to specialist NHS mental health services in England remains a ‘postcode lottery’, with huge differences in spending and referrals depending on the country. where families live.

State of Child Health also said that in England, a quarter of 11-16 year olds and almost half of 17-19 year olds with mental illness have self-harmed or attempted suicide at some point in their lives. short lives.

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said:

“Off the Record is doing a wonderful job for our city providing desperately needed services locally. I am extremely grateful for their efforts and thrilled to be able to see firsthand how they are once again expanding services in our city as we mark Children’s Mental Health Week.

“But across the country it’s a postcode lottery when it comes to children’s mental health services and many areas are unlucky to have places like Off the Record that help cover up the cracks.

“Urgent intervention is needed. Labour’s plan will have a counselor in every school, create mental health access centers in our communities and recruit 8,500 new mental health workers. I continue to fight in Westminster for the mental services our next generation deserves.

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