In celebration of this week’s Children’s Mental Health Week, Spectrum.Life, a leader and innovator in digital health technology, is excited to introduce its new services dedicated to the mental health of children and young individuals. This service offers evidence-based and best-in-class interventions by highly specialised experts in the field of child and youth mental health.
Under the overarching theme “My voice matters”, the campaign focuses on empowering children and young people by equipping them with the necessary tools to express themselves. The aim is to create an environment where young voices are heard, recognising the positive impact on their well-being. Children who feel acknowledged and heard tend to develop stronger connections within their communities, fostering higher self-esteem. Unfortunately, many children face challenges in expressing their emotions and concerns. Those services need to be easily accessible to offer the therapeutic support by specialists that those children and young people need.
Dr Emelina Ellis, chief clinical operations officer at Spectrum.Life commented on the launch of its latest service offering, developed and designed by professionals explicitly for children and young people: “I am extremely proud and excited about the launch of our child and young person mental health services and to offer evidence-based and best-in-class interventions and services provided by highly specialised experts in the field of mental health for children and young people. We understand the importance of early intervention and support for children and young people struggling with their emotional health. No child or young person should have to face their mental health challenges alone, and we are here to provide the professional support they need.”
- Children’s mental health conditions are increasing, with no signs of slowing down. 1 in 10 children between 5 and 16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, rising to 1 in 5 for children and young people between 8 and 25 for a probable mental health disorder.
- The NSPCC found in a recent 2024 survey that 47% of parents with children aged 6–11 are anxious about their children’s mental health, rising to 56% for parents with children aged 12–17.
- 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14, underscoring the critical importance of early intervention and support for mental health. Early experiences and challenges can have a profound impact on the developing brain, making it essential to address mental health concerns as they arise.
Dr Emelina Ellis continued: “We recognise that starting a conversation about mental health with a child can be daunting for parents. That is why our child and young person mental health services are specifically designed to address the individual needs of each child in an age-appropriate and empathetic manner. Our team of expert mental health specialists is experienced in working with children and young people, ensuring that they receive the care and support they deserve.
“Across the country, many children and young people are suffering, and our goal is to provide them with timely access to the correct interventions and help they need. Our comprehensive service ensures that they receive the support they need to build resilience and navigate life’s challenges with confidence. We believe that every child and young person, regardless of their needs or family background, should have access to quality mental health support. Our child and young person mental health services aim to empower children, young people, and their families to take control of their mental health and well-being.
“Our team is thrilled to launch this service beginning in March and looks forward to making a positive impact on the lives of children, young people, and their families. Together, we can create a healthier and more supportive society for the next generation. Our dedicated efforts will help to reduce waiting times for children and young people significantly, now enabling them to access our services immediately.”
Spectrum.Life’s child and young person mental health services enable parents and guardians to contact Spectrum.Life’s counselling support services on behalf of their child or young person. Virtual or in-person counselling sessions are scheduled within five days of the initial call. There are no waiting periods. This ensures the child or young person receives the care and support they need when they need it.
Spectrum.Life urges parents to take their children’s and their mental health concerns seriously.
Delaying treatment intensifies struggles and increases the risk of long-term mental health issues that can extend into adulthood.