Why is early intervention important?
Early intervention means providing good early support to young people that are struggling with their mental health. It aims to stop young people's mental health concerns from escalating and tackling them head-on when they do. 
At the moment, only 1 in 3 children and young people are able to access NHS support for their mental health. Even with extra funding and targets to significantly increase access in the NHS Long-Term Plan, there will still be hundreds of thousands of young people with a diagnosable mental health condition that are left without support. The NHS cannot meet the scale of need on its own so it's crucial that there is a bigger focus on early intervention within our communities.
About the review
The aim of the review is to identify the characteristics of effective early intervention in children and young people’s mental health. To do this we will:
- undertake a review of existing models of support in the UK and abroad to identify the impact of different service models on young people’s mental health and wellbeing
- work with young people and parents to develop principles for how all early intervention programmes can best meet the needs of young people and families
- make recommendations to Government for improving early support in communities for young people with emerging mental health needs
There will be lots of ways that you can get involved in the project throughout the year, including surveys and workshops for young people and families. We will also be holding a call to evidence so that organisations that deliver early intervention programmes can tell us about their impact.
If you are interested in getting involved, sign up to our mailing list to be kept updated with the review.
If you want to find out more about the Early Intervention Review, email Emily Dobson, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, at [email protected]
1. This is based on the Early Intervention Foundation's definition of early intervention. For further details see their website: https://www.eif.org.uk/why-it-matters/what-is-early-intervention/