“Help needs to be offered early to prevent problems escalating and that help needs to be holistic and flexible to the needs of individual young people.”
“Mental health workers need to be able to go out into the community, to work creatively, and alongside other agencies, to meet the needs of people whose lives may be chaotic and who may be facing multiple difficulties. There are a number of organisations offering ‘street based’ mental health outreach services of this kind, who do some excellent work, but these are too few and chronically under-resourced.”
Sarah (not her real name) is a social worker for a London-based youth offending service.
Source: from here