This consultation exercise from Healthwatch Islington has provides an in-depth insight into the mental health needs of young adults facing multiple vulnerabilities and suggests there is likely to be an increase in the number of young adults in Islington facing mental health problems now and in the future.
It provides a body of evidence from young adults experiencing poor mental health and professionals working with individuals with mental health needs that current services are having a limited impact on engaging with and sustaining positive relationships with those who are vulnerable.
Within this report vulnerable respondents were predominantly from: Asian and African backgrounds, those struggling to secure accommodation, the homeless, socially isolated, individuals from LBGT backgrounds and those who are living in poverty. This respondent profile was not based on a sample but rather, reflected individuals who were prepared to talk to us from the referring organisations. This may have implications for the demographic of young adults accessing adult mental health services.
However for those who did receive help, most reported positive experiences and a sense that they were more able to cope and manage a variety of practical, social and psychological problems. We would also like to mention that young people (under 18) were not a target group however interviews with young adults and professionals did suggest that young adults who had experience of using CAMHS services did not have a successful transition to adult mental health services.